Tuesday 30th September 2014
[Preparing for the Kaumatua Hui at an SGA meeting room]
Today, five of us sixteen students had the job of presenting our project to not only the board of directors and kaumatua representatives, but to the entire group of kaumatua who attend these tribal meetings. So, from scratch we presented to those who saw this project for the first time.
We started with a formal Maori custom introduction, then over to Jack who explained the background of our project. Hannah Stephenson then explained the next stage of our progression; and Craig accounted the detailed design stage. Aseel finished our presentation with the safety regulations that our group are following during this building stage, and the floor was then open for questions.
For some of us students it was a new learning experience of having an open floor discussion with a large group of clients - all who have varied opinions of what should and shouldn't be done. With a final thumbs up from a quick vote of approval of design, we returned to our UNITEC Workshop to continue with the rest of the students on the build.
Today we met at the UNITEC workshop where we will be prefabricating much of the building ready to transport and assemble on site. Sadly there has been a delay with the construction contract that will not be signed until Friday the 20th.Instead of completely losing a week worth a work we began...
The next step in our preparation for the build phase of the project was to familiarise ourselves with the tools we would be using. Dave shared his knowledge with us a showed us the correct was to use the tools as well as explaining the dangers of the tools we were using. Some of the students had...
Before we were able to start building our design we had to take part in a site safety course. This was a good opportunity to get your head in the game! There are many hazards present on a construction that you need to be aware of. Main lesson was to be aware of your surroundings and to look out...
Friday August 1st, 2014Hoorah!Building consent was approved! We have to wait a while until we start building, but the hard yards are finally over! Now we look forward to steel cap boots, safety glasses, ear muffs with a kitted out tool belt and hammer in hand. No more long hours of what it feels...
Wednesday 4th June, 2014From Resource Consent to Building Consent, it's now down to the nitty gritty for our kaumatua house, the aim being to make it a buildable and plausible design. Our four teams continue to work on the four core areas, thus making our own groups: the floor team, the roof...
Wednesday 28 May, 2014An award winning converted warehouse space with deck and views to the CBD, our team went on tour through the new Rosebank Rd Blum showroom, an international company that specialises in the production of functional furniture fittings. The company's main product groups are lift...
From our third presentation to Ngati Whatua, we presented our refined design which explored interior materials and colour palettes on 'mood boards', as well as perspectives and plans. Perspectives and master plans, plan and section - Presentation Board.
Wednesday 7th May, 2014After a few weeks of contacting suppliers for materials, the interior team were hard at it choosing what colours and which materials to use for the interior fit out of the kaumatua whare. The team presented to the wider group a selection of choices, and once narrowed down...
After taking a broad range of design alternatives and amalgamating them into one design we presented this scheme to the clients. With a positive response from the clients and discussions about materials we will continue working to the detailed design for our next presentation.
After receiving feed back from the Clients for each scheme and assessing each others work we have the difficult task of bring together four very good and quite different schemes into one design.
Team Wha: Aseel Al-azi, Craig Pauling, Georgia Hay and Rory Keegan.
Team Toru: Waseem Chiraagh, Hannah Stephenson, Ameline Liew and Angus Beaton.
Team Rua: Jack O'Neill, Hannah Smith, Samuel Lawson and Lisa Humphrey.
Team Tahi: Jonnel Mamauag, Matthew Beneka, Jessica Hulme and Ashleigh Smith
So after a few weeks of designing the four group had a presentation to the Clients at Ngāti Whātua O Ōrākei head quarters. These presentations went well with the clients showing enthusiasm in the work the students had done thus far.
The different teams working on their designs in studio at UNITEC.
After two days of intensive studio we had some conversations surround what the different groups had come up with. Some good work has come out of such a good time but also a lot of questions raised, more work to be done still.
Took a couple of hours out on the second day up at Mangawhai to look at some of the architecture in the area. Dave showed us around Mangawhai and some of the work SGA has done in the area.
The students all worked late into the night at Mangawhai trying to solve all the complex issues of the brief.
We headed up to Mangawhai heads for an intensive two day workshop to get the design process underway. The 16 students were put into groups of four with each group proposing a different scheme.
The students head to the site to meet with the clients and gather information about the site.We measure the site, look at the surround context and get a feel for the character of the site.The view over the Auckland isthmus from the site is amazing.
The 16 Student from the UNITEC school of Architecture will be working along side Dave Strachen, Pat De Pont and Maria Taylor from Strachan Group Architects.The UNITEC students involved in this year are Waseem Chiraagn, Jessica Hulme, Aseel Al-azi, Craig Pauling, Ashleigh Smith, Matthew Beneka...
Studio 19 is a collaboration between UNITEC and Strachan Group Architects (SGA). Third year architecture students are given the opportunity to work along side SGA to design, document and build a project. The Brief from Ngāti Whātua O Ōrākei was to design of a master plan of eight houses for elderly tribe members. One of these houses is to be documented and built by the students.