[Studio Christchurch Summer School 2013]
‘Wai Mauri’ aims to create desirable housing in the CBD by integrating residential, canals, ecological water treatment, gardens and public pathways into the East Frame. The vast and open site is currently disproportionately large for residential use. By creating waterways, the area is divided into smaller parcels which is more appropriate for residential lots. It also creates a unique alternative for inner city living. ‘Wai Mauri’ is a phased project that over time transitions from an agricultural landscape into residential lots with gardens. The housing forms are derived from wind studies, creating sheltered spaces for both public and private areas.
Janina (Nina) Massee [UoA] & Gemma Cookson [Unitec], February 2013