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

Viva presentation: The potential for wood in the rebuild

Last Monday, at the latest Viva networking meeting, we were thrilled to have Jason Guiver from the wood industry talk with us about the amazing possibilities of timber, both for Viva, and for the Christchurch rebuild generally.

Nelson Pine has developed its LVL (laminated veneer lumber) product in collaboration with the engineering department at the University of Canterbury and the Structural Timber Innovation Company, STIC.  It is strong, lightweight and flexible – with twice the strength to weight ratio of steel and equivalent to concrete for compression strength – making it perfect for earthquake resilience, even in multi-storey buildings.  Wood has the added benefit of corrosion resistance in aggressive environments and good fire performance (in some cases wood is actually used to protect steel from fire, counterintuitively).  It is also inherently carbon neutral and renewable, and locally produced.

Jason went on to present some innovative local examples of uses of LVL (including curved sections) along with some international examples of construction from wood.  To underscore his point about the structural strength of wood, his final slide shows an older wooden house with half of the foundations removed by a flood, yet still standing level and structurally intact.

See Jason’s presentation here: