Aonui is a winner in the PrefabNZ SNUG Competition with Te Whare-iti

Aonui’s Te Whare-iti is a winner in the PrefabNZ SNUG house design competition for small affordable homes for Auckland city!

The intelligent Te Whare-iti building system can suit a range of sites, and spaces as narrow as nine metres. Box-forms plug into a services core in a variety of configurations to best suit yard size, sun, views, access, and budget. The living space is a multi-use space and serves as a bedroom by night, with sliding doors, preserving kitchen access for others. Sustainable design includes locally-sourced timber panels, passive solar harvesting, thermal mass, electric window openers and a roof pitch suitable for solar power.

The design is based from modules, with a focus on adaptable design for the client’s requirements. The modules are designed with the goal of achieving a Lifemark score of 5, which TWI 15 was provisional 5 star. TWI15 is shown below.

Floor plan of winning entry with details of the modules that make up the plan.
Page 2 of Aonui Architecture’s winning entry, showing the modules for this plan.

What the judges said: 

It looks like a rectilinear box, but the configurable interior allows for changes to walls to give diagonal view-lines and paths of interest. An exceptionally well-considered design that is aesthetically adaptable and flexible, and easily imagined as a complementary dwelling in a number of New Zealand sections.”

The SNUG competition brief was to design ‘a home in my backyard’. The designs were required to be under 65m2 to meet requirements by Auckland Council.

Watch our video below showcasing the flexibility of Te Whare-iti.

Whare Iti SNUG Fly-through – YouTube

The intelligent Te Whare-Iti building system can suit a range of sites; even steep slopes, and spaces as narrow as nine metres. Box-forms plug into a services core in a variety of configurations to best suit yard size, sun, views, access and budget. The living space is a multi-use space and serves as a bedroom by night, with sliding doors preserving kitchen access for others. Sustainable design includes locally-sourced timber panels, passive solar harvesting, thermal mass, electric openers for high-level ventilating windows and a roof pitch suitable for solar power or panels.