Here is a glimpse of the 4 bedroom dwelling’s floor plan. The open plan living / kitchen is designed for maximum flexibility and comfort, while each of the 4 bedrooms are positioned get morning or evening sun. An extra study area injects the circulation area with activity and an alternative living area (just to the right of the grey link) for minimal additional cost. A clear wall allows light into the bathroom entry area from the central, north oriented windows. We also split the bathroom into four key areas, allowing laundry, toilet, bath, shower and vanity areas to all be used at once by a large family, while maintaining privacy.
VisionWest, SGA Architects and Unitec were proud to invite dignitaries and media to the opening of the two dwellings in their finished state. Invitees were 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 on a tight budget to provide a warm, comfortable, healthy, roomy, 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 students as a real world learning exercise engaging in design and construction. After the great turn out to the opening event, the team is inspired that this project will not only benefit the community of VisionWest and its tenants, 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!
Though some days over the long summer we feel we may be working on this site forever, progress is constantly being made..