October 2010 - Simple House Opens

Simple House Opens

S3 Architect's Simple House was opened in Otara on the 22nd October by Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor elect Len Brown, and Housing Minister Phil Heatley.

Stephen Smith's design was the supreme winner of the Starter Home Design Competition run by the Department of Building and Housing.

The Simple House is a government initiative aimed at making a new house an attainable goal for first time house buyers.

Mr Williamson said a key feature was an external sheltered courtyard providing a quiet and safe area for the family and where children can play.

The government said the simple house concept would make it quicker and cheaper for aspiring home owners to build a simple home, largely because of streamlined consenting. Mr Williamson said earlier this year for the first time all the information needed to design a simple house, including compliance requirements and building standards, had been brought together in one document.

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March 2010 - Starter Home, Construction Commenced

Maurice Williamson gets things started

Maurice Williamson gets things started

Construction is about to commence on S3 Architect’s winning design for the Starter Home Competition with the Hon Maurice Williamson “turning the first sod” on site on Preston Road, Otara.
The Starter Home Competition was run by the Department of Building and Housing to find an affordable housing solution for first home buyers that doesn’t compromise on good quality and design. The competition attracted 140 entries from both local and international practices.
DBH will showcase this Starter Home to the public to launch its new Simple House Acceptable Solution which will streamline the Building Consent processing time for house plans that comply with the Acceptable Solutions of the New Zealand Building Code.
Construction is expected to be completed by August 2010. Construction progress photos will be updated on this page.

DBH Competition Website
TV3 news article

 

 

March 2009 - S3 Announced Supreme Winner of DBH Starter Home Competition

Competition winner Stephen Smith (second right) with (from left) Housing Minister Phil Heatley, judging panel convenor Gordon Moller, Department of Building and Housing Chief Executive Katrina Bach, and Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson.

Competition winner Stephen Smith (second right) with (from left) Housing Minister Phil Heatley, judging panel convenor Gordon Moller, Department of Building and Housing Chief Executive Katrina Bach, and Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson.

The winners of a Starter Home Design Competition organised by the Department of Building and Housing were announced at a function at Parliament on 31 March. After shortlisting 140 entries down to 10, the judging panel awarded the overall winning home design to Stephen Smith from S3 Architects Ltd in Auckland. It will be built in Mangere by the Housing New Zealand Corporation and showcased to the public. The judging panel convenor Gordon Moller says the overall winning design has a striking contemporary appearance, which means it will fit well into the local environment. “It is a carefully planned design that will make an excellent starter home.” The Department organised the competition to encourage architects, designers, and those in the building industry to come up with designs and solutions for good quality, affordable homes that show what can be done with limited resources. With a trend to building larger homes compounding the increasing cost of houses, the competition promoted the use of clever design to create smaller sized homes that offer quality, affordable options.

Judges' comments
The well‐resolved plan can grow with additions to meet the changing needs of the owners. It combines practical planning concepts and socially and culturally sensitive design solutions, all arranged around a central outdoor courtyard. The design combines low‐maintenance materials with well‐considered elevations, and it will work well as an individual house or as a cluster of similar designs.

Competition drawings
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