Growth projections show Halswell is facing an extremely high population growth of up to three times its current population over the next 20 years. The result is an increase from 14,680 up to 40,825 residents by the year 2030, making Halswell the fastest growing area in Christchurch. Population growth generates the requirement for more facilities such as housing, shopping, recreation etc. in order to maintain a healthy standard of living for all residents.
Approximately 87% of the existing housing stock in Halswell is composed of three bedrooms with two car garages. Halswell’s demographics show a quarter of its these three bed-room homes are occupied by a single individual. This indicates a lack of housing choice for smaller household compositions because the housing typologies are not adapting to the evident change in demographics. The demographics in Halswell also shows young couples in the future are less likely to have children, resulting in smaller families.
This project focuses on densification of the town centre complimented by a generous recreation area and housing typologies to suits smaller sized families. The team divided the centre into three porjects: ‘Voi[d]ensification’ which takes an adjacent suburban block and proposes infill residential housing; ‘Raising Halswell’ merges a housing scheme with the big box retail; and ‘Halswell’s Vein’ creates a recreation area adjacent to these two housing schemes.