A Nelson architect has won a competition to design the ideal house for quake-hit Canterbury.
Richard Sellars' design, dubbed The Cantabrian, will be built by Housing New Zealand as a show home and will have fast-track consent anywhere in New Zealand.
It was unveiled by Prime Minister John Key in Christchurch yesterday.
The competition was run by claims company Southern Response and won by Mr Sellars, of Continuum Architecture. The concept was to create a house to suit post-earthquake Canterbury in the same way that the Queenslander has become an Australian classic.
Mr Sellars' design is a contemporary take on a bungalow, with a low-pitched gable roof, large feature windows placed for views, and a lightwell replacing the traditional chimney.
It has living and bedroom blocks joined by an entrance court, with space to add a family flat. Construction would be in insulated structural timber panels, with a corrugated steel roof and a choice of bracing cladding materials. Homes could be made individual by varying colours and materials.
Mr Sellars said he designed the house with comfort in mind.
"Comfort is especially important to traumatised people. They need tranquility, relaxation and support," he said.
Southern Response chairman Ross Butler said he hoped The Cantabrian would be "a legacy for Canterbury".
The brief was a home of less than 150 square metres, including garage and decking, able to be built for $1700 a square metre. It had to be lightweight, eco-friendly, cope with occupants at all stages of life, and suit the Canterbury environment and TC3 land.
The judges said they liked the simplicity and flexibility of the best of the 90 entries. Second place went to Simon Blencowe, of Pynenburg and Collins Architects, and third were Eugene O'Callaghan, Karen Manson and Stephen Voyle, of Context Architects.
The website cantabrianhome. co.nz will display the winning designs from today. Builders at the presentation were enthusiastic, but said construction depended on cost and demand. Fairfax NZ
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