VIVA! End of Year Networking Meeting – 1 December

VivaLogoTuesday 1 December 5.30 – 7.30pm
Open Home & Christmas Gathering
26a Sylvia Street Parklands

We have been invited to visit this  Panalised Passive House presently under construction

This project is collaboration between ProjeX4 and Vicus Design Group.  The house is constructed of panels from LVL, the panels are fully insulated and lined with both an air tight membrane and water tight membrane as well as ply bracing. The framing is not exposed to the elements and no moisture can enter the building framing.  Other benefits are that the houses are constructed quickly and a water tight building is achieved in a much shorter period. This approach dramatically improves the thermal performance, comfort, health and durability of the completed building.

During the evening ProjeX4 and Vicus Design Group will explain design principles and share their design philosophy.

After the site visit we can then head to Waimairi Beach Golf Course Club House for refreshments
RSVP Jane Quigley

 See you there!

Welhaus Wins Award

VIVA! congratulates Christchurch company Welhaus  who designed Beach Barn in Brighton which has recently won an award for Novel Application of wood in the 2015 Timber design awards.

The Beach Barn is a perfect expression of the context for which it is designed.

Welhaus Beach BarnReferencing the beautiful New Zealand coastal landscape, it incorporates a number of innovative sustainability features, and maximises wellbeing in its use of space and combined living areas.

In respect for the coastal environment, the Beach Barn is engineered to stand strong against the elements – a home built for safety and durability. And best of all, it is delivered to you quickly – using our unique, swift-build system.

Welhaus Beach barn interiorEnter the Beach Barn to begin your study in light, texture and space. The Beach Barn makes clever use of horizontal and vertical space to provide a living experience that is second to-none: flooded by natural light, the double-height ceiling of our living space will see your senses expand.

facebookThe Welhaus Beach Barn allows for smart living with combined spaces for cooking, dining and living bringing social functions together; while intelligent design of bedrooms, studies and storage spaces maximises the use of your home.

Welhaus wall panelPanelisation: Welhaus pre-engineered panels are the basic elements of the Welhaus building system. Like other international leaders in panelisation, our designs are based on a 1.2m2 grid system.

Exterior: colour schemes showcase the best of sustainably-grown New Zealand timber, with tones echoing the coastal landscape, and the native flora and fauna that surrounds it.

Welhaus logoInterior: inside your Welhaus, be cocooned in the warmth of wood, interspersed with light, whitewashed spaces to lift your spirits.

 See Welhaus story and building at 12.20ms in CTV News

Ockham – Doing Developments Differently

Ockham - Sandringham Rd 083 crop-0-800-0-475Ockham describe themselves as urban regenerators who love Auckland and aim to produced Auckland’s most outstanding residential buildings.

I first heard about Ockham in a Kim Hill interview – a good way to get the feel of the man behind it Mark Todd as he talks about his favourite music

We will achieve this aim with a total commitment to quality urban design, architecture and materials. In particular, our buildings will age gracefully and contain fine grain detail on a human scale that allows them to enhance their surrounds and be well loved by their communities.

_CM15340 crop-600-600-450-450-cropThey see housing as infrastructure, and focus on long term outcomes rather than simply the short-term bottom line, although of course they aim to be profitable. But profitability is not the only driver in their business.

They gave other aims that include being beautiful and loved by the community, use low maintenance materials, best practice design elements around noise and heat, and high level of onsite amenity without expensive body corporate fees.  More

In 2009  Mark Todd and Ben Preston founded Ockham Residential, and they also founded Ockham Foundation – an education based registered charity to encourage critical thought, independent thinking and the fostering of a sense of social justice amongst students of all ages.

Ockham have now built over $100m of residential developments, and more are on the way.

A friend of mine posted on facebook about their latest project: The Daisy project – from enlightened Auckland developer Ockham is a bit The Commons-esque, not co-housing per se – and ironically with less common features like rooftop garden which other Ockham apartments have. But does have a shared equity scheme, built in car-share, no private car parks, generous bike and scooter parking – even a dedicated scooter lift. See