Some last looks at the finished Social housing project for VisionWest in Henderson, Auckland.
Thanks to Strachan Group Architects for the photos..
More information about this project can be found on these links:
And thanks again to VisionWest, SGA and Unitec for this epic opportunity!
a glimpse only – the open plan living is for maximum flexibility, while each of the 4 bedrooms gets some morning or evening sun. an extra study area has been created in the circulation (just to the right of the grey link) for minimal cost. a clear wall allows light into the bathroom entry area from the central windows. we split the bathroom into four functioning areas allowing clothes washing, toilet, bath, shower and vanity areas all to be used at once with privacy.
VisionWest, SGA Architects and Unitec were proud to invite dignitaries and media to the opening of the two dwellings, welcomed onto the site with a Karakia and a blessing of the property, followed by a Waiata and speeches from Vision West, Nick Smith (NZ Minister of Housing), Len Brown (Auckland Mayor), and Dave Strachan (SGA). The homes were designed to provide a warm, comfortable, healthy, well designed, sustainable and safe place to live for families who are struggling to survive. Designed and built by 16 Unitec Architecture students with support from SGA Architects (http://www.sgaltd.co.nz/) the two transportable units were beneficial to us students as a real world learning exsercise as we both designed and got on the tools to build and create. After the great turn out to the opening event, we are inspired that this project will not only benefit the community of VisionWest and Henderson, as well as those who live in them, but also hold great promise for the shortage of quality, sustainable, affordable housing across Auckland and New Zealand.
Both houses are now on their final site after being trucked from the fabrication site in the early hours one morning. They appear settled, lying low yet proud to be home in their new location!