Project Brief & Design
We were approached by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment to deliver emergency housing in flood-hit Edgecumbe and quake-damaged Kaikoura. The buildings needed to live up to potential harsh New Zealand conditions and be durable enough to house residents in need. Affordability, but not at the expense of longevity and durability, was mandatory.
Based on the key requirement that these could be moved where needed, the design acknowledged overall size that could easily and cost effectively be moved as frequently or infrequently as required.
Materials were used that meant minimum maintenance and durability as again the lifecycle and destination of these buildings is unknown.
Offsite manufacture of multiple builds saw these buildings compete within 5 weeks.
Functionality and optimization of space in a small area was critical to ensure that a workable living space was achievable. All domestic appliances were installed so that a residents could operate independently as soon as they were residing in these buildings.
Social and community outcomes are addressed as this project delivered to a need not a want. In times of adversity people needed a warm and safe environment to rest and recoup after tragedy. This could also be short term or long term, and delivered quickly.