Design competition to solve housing problems

Last updated 17:09 20/05/2014

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In response to Auckland's housing shortage and the poor quality of the city's medium-density housing, the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) is holding a competition for an inner city, residential apartment development.

In partnership with Ockham Residential, the competition is for a multi-unit development site in Akepiro Street, Eden Terrace, near the city end of Dominion Road.

Auckland urgently requires more medium-density housing, according to President of the NZIA, Pip Cheshire.

"Aucklanders have to be convinced that this type of housing can be produced to a good standard," Cheshire said.

The Auckland Housing Accord, agreed by the Council and the Government, calls for more than 30,000 new dwellings in Special Housing Areas. 

Many of these homes will need to be apartments and townhouses. These new higher density homes can be functional and attractive, Cheshire said.

"It's important that we - the Council, developers and architects - don't just tell the public about the need for medium density housing, but that we show that this housing model can be successfully integrated into selected neighbourhoods," he said.

"We need to tap into the creativity of New Zealand's architects to design smaller, well-designed homes that are more socially and environmentally sustainable."

The competition, which calls for a design for a minimum of 25 apartments, will be judged by leading local architects, together with Ockham Residential director Mark Todd and Auckland Council's Jacques Victor.

The winner will be commissioned by Ockham Residential to complete the project.

Auckland mayor Len Brown supports the engagement of architects in the future of the city.

"It's fantastic to see the private sector getting behind efforts to improve the quality of design in Auckland. This is a great opportunity to show how good urban design can enhance the liveability of an area and to set a new standard for urban developments in Auckland," Brown said.

The winner will be announced on 12 August, 2014.

Interested applicants may download the competition brief from the New Zealand Institute of Architects website http://www.nzia.co.nz/competitions.aspx

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