Kiwi bach pops up on city foreshore

ISOBEL EWING ISOBEL.EWING@DAILYNEWS.CO.NZ
Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012
KiwiPrefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge
CAMERON BURNELL/Fairfax NZ
POP-UP BACH: Pop-up bach: Puke Ariki exhibitions manager Gerard Beckinsale with the Lockwood prefab that makes up part of the exhibition KiwiPrefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge.

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A distinctly Kiwi bach has popped up on New Plymouth's foreshore, with views and a location likely to be the envy of all the town.

The modern Lockwood is one of four prefabs being built as part of the Puke Ariki exhibition KiwiPrefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge running from December 1-March 31.

Papai Design was created especially by Lockwood Group Ltd for the exhibition, and will stand alongside the iPAD by Architex, port-a-bach by Atelierworkshop and a steel-framed studio by Frametek.

Exhibitions manager Gerard Beckinsale said the "Prefab Landing" was deliberately made small and next to the sea to get people thinking about a "bachy lifestyle".

He said the prefabs would be open to allow people to walk through and enjoy them.

"We want it to be a lively space for people to enjoy. A mixture of lifestyle and architecture - getting people engaging with the environment they live in."

The purpose of "Prefab Landing" was to show how rapidly changing technology and materials created boundless possibilities for prefabs to be built at reduced cost and increased quality, he said.

"The prefab went from mass production to customisation. A lot of people have terrible memories of prefabs."

He said Te Kupenga Stone Sculpture Symposium would provide some landscaping for the prefabs in their new location.

The space would also host community events celebrating the Kiwi lifestyle, including buskers, a wheelbarrow grand prix, a Battle of the Butchers to discover Taranaki's best banger and a King of the Grill series to find the region's best BBQ recipe.

"Masterchef Taranaki, prefab style," Mr Beckinsale said.

The space will be patrolled by security and each house is equipped with an alarm, but Mr Beckinsale said he hoped people would respect the exhibition.

"It's not a commercial venture. We didn't want to fence it off; it's a public space."

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