Te Whare-iti hits the news stands

Te Whare-iti is connecting with Wellington through Regional News, 5 February 2019. Find out what people are talking about.

Article from Regional News about Aonui architects, February 2019

“Wellington architect Richard Wright and his team at Aonui Architecture believe they have one of the answers to the affordable housing challenge faced by first home owners, renters, retirees, teenagers, beach bach aspirants.

Their prefabricated modular Te Whare-iti (“small house” in te reo) system was a winner in the recent PrefabNZ SNUG housing competition to provide designs for underutilised land within Auckland – codenamed “A home in my backyard”.

Since then Richard says the interest has been high for Te Whare-iti homes, which have solid cross laminated timber (CLT) walls, floor, and roofs that are fast to erect, strong and easy to transport from assembly plant, and HIAB or crane lift onto sites, over existing houses and trees if necessary.

The key to Te Whare-iti’s success is the flexibility that modularity provides offering optimum solutions to owners no matter how steep or awkwardly shaped the land or where the sun and best views are. There are over 50 plan combinations identified to date.

The first home was sold this month in Wellington. The owners previously spent months seeking a solution for a small infill house on their steep Wadestown property. They then discovered Te Whare-iti. Within one hour, Richard solved the plan using standard modules tested against the Resource Management Act controls. Senior Consents planner Monique Dyer says “It is an achievable and positive proposal (a breath of fresh air really)”. In more ways than one: All Te Whare-iti homes have automated natural ventilation.

“The perfect answer,“ report owners Andrew and Anna.”

Check out page 24 of  Regional News, 5 February 2019.