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PureSonoro [2014-12]


PureSonoro (to resonate and project high quality sound)

The purpose of PureSonoro is to resonate and project a wide range of sound whether it’s acoustic/electric music or if it’s just a person giving a speech. This structure allows people to perform outside without losing sound quality as PureSonoro captures and projects the sound acoustically. The design was initially inspired by a 1900’s gramophone for its aesthetic value and acoustic/sound amplifying properties. The structures panels are all non-parallel and made of wood which projects the sound outwards clearly without distortion. Its unique shape is also designed to fold into three, for easy transportation. PureSonoro is simple, user friendly, compact, and has a low impact on the environment, making it the perfect tool to help performers to stand out or for people who are just wanting to be heard and enjoy sound.
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One [2014-13]


‘One’ is an experiential light installation structure that embodies the idea of spiritual wholeness and being at one with our surroundings and other living beings.

The present purpose of ‘One’ is to encourage reflection and perception through the use of light and framing devices. Its potential uses, however, are open to interpretation, and its function is malleable.

‘One’ is constructed from mesh, or wire netting (if possible, recycled), and recycled plastic bottles that have been cut into smaller pieces and affixed inside the mesh structure. (The choice of plastic bottle colour can greatly influence the hue of reflected light that appears within the installation.) It has a recycled timber base that is optional. The shiny ring is made from plated steel, but can alternatively be created from recycled metal that is shiny or reflective. Sustainable, hidden support rods (recycled materials) can be used as a structural system.


Wag’n’Wash [2014-14]

Wag'n'Wash-2014-14-image-1-small Wag’n’Wash is a pop-up structure in which people can wash and dry their dogs. The structure can be placed anywhere that is frequented by dogs, such as beaches or dog parks.

The design is sustainable due to the fact that it mainly uses pallets, a relatively cheap yet strong material that would otherwise be thrown away. Solar power will be used to power the dryers and water will be leached from a council supply.

The structure will be raised off the ground through the use of pallets, and allow easy drainage for water, dog hair, and any residue such as sand or mud.

To use Wag’n’Wash, people will be charged one gold coin. 50% of the proceeds will go towards funding a new Wag’n’Wash elsewhere, while the other 50% will be donated to the SPCA.

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Mizu Tea House [2014-15]



Mizu Tea House pops-up in busy, downtown Auckland to provide an escape from demanding daily life.  Inspired by traditional Japanese tea ceremony, a host will serve up to four guests and encourage visitors to take time to slow down, be present and appreciate the moment.

Mizu (Japanese for water) refers to the water feature on site, utilised to pacify city noise and add to the sense of calm retreat.

The structure is made of pre-fabricated parts that can be assembled simply and quickly by interlocking the components.  Bamboo has been used as the primary material as it is a sustainable, renewable building material that is also very strong.  The curved inner wall is made of inexpensive, translucent acrylic, which controls and filters the artificial LED lighting and sets the restful tone of the interior space. The continuity of the curve alludes to a larger space.

The design is inspired by the traditional Japanese tea house, in the low crawl-through entrance, tatami mat layout and guest waiting area, as well as the overall application of the wabi-sabi aesthetic.

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slot. [2014-16]


The slot is a sculptural bench that has several purposes, such as a seat, table or relaxing area. It can be easily constructed and disassembled as well as fitting into an environment both at home and in the community.

The slot will cut down on the amount of furniture required as it can easily be moved to places where it is most needed such as parks or large events. It will promote living well as it gives people a place to spend time outside in the fresh air with friends and family without having to worry about spending money. It also creates a collaborative environment as it will require several people to come together and construct the large bench as well as in the environment between the people using it.

The slot is an eco-friendly design as it doesn’t require screws, bolts or glue to be constructed and is treated and stained with environmentally friendly products. The slot can reuse scrap materials as well as be recycled.

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CaveCollective [2014-18]


People have become out of touch with each other in modern society, the majority of human interaction is done via technologies such as facebook, cell phones and emails. The Cave collective has created an environment that promotes human to human interaction, this has been inspired by a period of time in which our social skills were essential to our survival, and our basic social instincts were developed. The time of the cave and the fire. The time before technology. The time of human to human interaction. The Cave collective has created a warm environment for people to socialize, relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.TheCavecollective-2014-18-A3-2-small TheCavecollective-2014-18-A3-3-small TheCaveCollective-2014-18-image-small

Chalkn’Talk [2014-19]


The Chalk n’ Talk is a ‘pop’ up shelter to allow children and adults to release their creative flair while relaxing in the park. The blackboard panels give children the opportunity to learn and combine their stories; it has the capacity to bring a community together and the shelter to life. It is able to be moved from place to place and have a new story scribbled onto it. The construction is very simple using recycled wood panels and mesh that slot together to mix textures and create a piece  of art not just a shelter.  The purpose of this shelter is to bring family and friends together to be part of a changeable piece of art and learn new techniques without spending any money.

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Movable Music [2014-20]

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The stage design takes inspiration from the accordion, which correlates with the stage itself being a portable instrument.

The main function of the stage is to be interactive, engaging the audience as well as being a platform for up and coming musicians. The physical shape of the stage allows the acoustics to be projected far, being energy efficient and keeping the design sustainable. The stage integrates musical instruments, pipes that can be struck to make noises, as well as stomp boxes that make the sound of a drum when stood on. It is designed to “pop up” all in one motion and only takes four people to set it up. The structure is connected together with metal poles that allow the roof and the stage to fold down flat. The “flat pack” stage can than be lifted onto the back of a truck and transported to the designated location.
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Lotus Flower [2014-21]

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This temporary Pop-up information kiosk is ideal for the ever changing weather patterns of New Zealand.
For many events around the country volunteers help with providing information to the public. This lotus flower inspired design will create a focal point in the area as well as providing a base for the information staff to operate from.
The unfolding nature of the design is due to hinged panels which can enclose an interior space or provide a backrest to recline on, this also allows for the occupants of the design to have a choice to be encapsulated and protected from the weather or to be more open and interactive with the public.
The sustainable aspect of this design comes from the use of wood off cuts which gives the exterior character. Acrylic is used for the clear panels around the middle of the design.
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PresentBox [2014-22]


The purpose of our pop-up building is to stir up the creative mind of the Aucklanders by giving them a special “present” at Viaduct, Auckland CBD. It was designed for everyone to partake in this sociable space and to use this space for each ones needs. Thus making it the perfect “present box”. PresentBox-2014-22-image2.jpg-small PresentBox-2014-22-image3.jpg-small



Sustainable, affordable and re-used materials combine to create a unique, pop-up, geometric design.

The main structure to be made from sustainable New Zealand bamboo.
Fittings to be kept as simple as possible. They will be, existing, off the shelf, affordable products.
The outer canopy consists of three panels, two flat panels either side and a waterproofing spine panel. The spine panel covering the bamboo ends and centre tensioning rope. The 3 part canopy to be made of recycled sails and/or recyclable ETFE plastic.
Setting up Bambini takes only minutes. Both setting up and transportation can be performed easily by one person.
Bambini can be stand alone with one unit, or setup in opposing clusters of 2 or more, allowing for the supporting guy rope to remain above walking space.
Using multiple units together allows users to create unique and dynamic market spaces.


Boxy Stall [2014-24]

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Meeting the needs of the fast paced world in which we live in, the Boxy Stall breaks down the barrier between customer and salesperson. By taking the standard cube and allowing the cube to act as both structure as well as a display case for showing items to the customers.

The Boxy Stall utilizes the most amount of space, combined with the ability to transform, as well fitting into any given space, meeting the floor space needs of the salesperson.

Once the Boxy stall is used it can be deconstructed into a cube allowing its movement from one space to the next.

The boxy Stall is designed with the maximum build from from the smallest resting state possible.

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Pop box [2014-25]


The aim of the Pop box was to produce a pop up structure that would be of use for the community, which is sustainable and playful. It is a portable shelter/ lounging area that the public can hire to use for extra seating or to take out camping or wherever seating areas are needed. There is also a bench area if you need to prepare food or place your food or drink while you relax on our comfortable seating areas.
The pop box is constructed of four main materials such as steel for the framing and the tow bar, reused timber slates for the interior and exterior walls and seating, corrugated iron for the roofing, and also waterproof tarp material for the extended shelter area. All these materials are reusable and are very low at cost. The Pop box is designed to be easy to set up and store away when not needed. It is compact but when it is folded out it has a lot of space and stands out.
In the future the Pop box will be famous because of New Zealand’s growing population we need extra seating in a lot of places such as courtyards , parks etc. There will always be places that will run out of seating. This pop up could also be modified very easily into a small shop if needed.

Kozy CubeZ [2014-26]


A transportable structure that provides seating to relax in when there is none available. The design of the seat allows the user to sit up or recline by flipping it up or down, and also provides cup holders for both seating positions. It is ideal for places like the beach or at the park where seating can be limited. Potential future uses could be seating for venues such as festivals, or at a playground where parents can relax and watch their kids play.
The chair is easily transported with a trailer, and the boxes are able to slot in and out of the body of the chair so that they can be taken out when being transported and put back in when using it.
The chair will be made from recycled materials such as, timber from recycled pallets for the body/boxes of the chair, and recycled gymnasium foam for the cushions.

Medi-Aid [2014-30]


Medi-Aid is a flexible community project that helps promote health and well-being. It addresses the three basics of health of health to create a universal centre. It blends water, first aid and communication to ensure full and inclusive service.

It collects and filters rain water to be used, it supplies basic first aid and anti-allergy and will also provide free communication with health services.

With its use of reclaimed wood and cloth it helps promote not only a healthy future but also a more sustainable future.


Eco Juice Juice Bar [2014-32]

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Eco-Juice is a temporary, sustainable juice bar that can suit and pop up in many locations. Recycled plastic bottles give the bar a contemporary, light and airy look that intrigues the eye. Along with recycled glass bottles for the roof and wooden pallets for the back wall and floor; this design is made almost completely out of recycled materials. The compost bin within the back wall of the bar allows for all the fruit waste to be composted. Thus creating a cycle from waste to compost to a soil enrichment to better tasting fruit. From this juice bar customers can not only purchase the fruit and compost, they can also gain priceless knowledge of how recycling and composting/worm farming works.Eco Juice- Juice Bar-2014-32-A3-page2-small Eco Juice- Juice Bar-2014-32-A3-page3-small

Amplishelter [2014-34]


Our main goal for our pop up structure was to create something that could be beneficial for a community.  With a passion for music we thought this would be a great way to bring people with a common interest together, encouraging social interaction. Our idea was inspired by the conch shell and its natural ability to amplify sound. Our design is a shell-like stage that uses its shape to echo sound, it also has strings and a drum attached to it so the structure itself can be played as an instrument as well as people bringing along their own, i.e. the structure is not only the shelter but the function as well.
It is a rolled out structure, the largest shell rolls back on top of the second and second on top the third. It can then be closed and the third space can be used for storage. Amplishelter-2014-34-A3-2-small1 Amplishelter-2014-34-A3-3-small1

The Nest [2014-35]


The Nest is a jenga styled lookout tower, used to observe the nature of the environment which surrounds it. The main area of location is Waipoua forrest, which provides a vast variety of bird life to observe. The tower can help those who inhabit it to gain a sense of height, being raised off the ground. Future purposes of the Nest could be to view bird life closer to ground level with species such as the kiwi, or it could be incorporated as a usable sculptural piece. The Nest is going to be constructed out of railway sleepers. This material helps getting the modular appearance which we hoped for while at the same time blending in to the surroundings to provide less of an impact on the environment. Our design is also conscious of its environment by trying to keep the footprint on the forest floor as small as possible. It is going to be constructed by bolting the sleepers together or using clamps which will make it easier and faster to construct, giving the design a pop up feeling.TheNest-2014-35-A3-2-small TheNest-2014-35-A3-3-small TheNest-2014-35-A3-4-small

BuskStation [2014-36]


  1. Function – Our structure was created with the intent to promote not only busking in Auckland, but in a deeper sense to establish more culture and expression through art as we believe this is slowly being lost in the bustling CBD. Our aim was to create a sculpture, something of visual beauty to attract spectators, which projected the music of buskers (who would use this structure free of charge). We have achieved this by designing a sustainable pop up stage which helps buskers stand out on the streets.
  2. Sustainability – This design is sustainable mainly because no power is needed, it can pop up and down manually. Also the main material we have planned to use is recycled timber. If damage were to happen to our structure, the damaged panel can be removed and replaced which would save time and money in the occurrence.BuskStation-2014-36-image2-small BuskStation-2014-36-image3jpg-small

PopUp Market [2014-37]

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This project is a response to unsustainable commercial practices. Our market poses an opportunity to return the exchange of local goods back into the hands of local people.

PopUp Market is a farmer’s market made out of recycled cardboard rolls, which are light, strong, and can be recycled again. The rolls can be easily collected locally at no cost from company that discard them, or through recycling companies such as Reclaim. The cardboard used here can be waterproofed if necessary.

Sustainability has been explored in terms of its material, social and economic implications. This resulted in a minimalistic design which encourages a flexible use of the market stalls depending on the availability of materials and the spatial requirements. The idea is to make the most of what is available locally to reduce waste and unnecessary production. The project has been thought for Britomart train station, making it very accessible and allowing farmers to bring their fresh healthy produce straight into the busy center of Auckland city, or allowing local artists to promote themselves

The market has been designed to be quickly disassembled. This makes it easy to pack away onto the train or a personal vehicle.   PopUp Market-2014-37-image-small

Detox Box [2014-39]

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Late night drunkenness is a big issue in Auckland City and uses a  lot of valuable resources.
We aim to create a pop up health care for intoxicated people to try and alleviate the pressure on the Emergency Department at the Auckland Hospital. The Detox Box allows a safe and easy place to sit or lay down and sober up.
The Detox Box easily opens up or completely dismantles to be reassemble in another location. It provides a supportive health care area for a few people who have consumed too much alcohol. It can be easily transported to different areas of Auckland, wherever there is a higher need for it.
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The Herd [2014-42]


The Herd is a three-part communal pavilion, which provides shelter from wind and rain, whilst also allowing for cross-ventilation through selected panel. The idea of ‘community’ is deeply rooted into the design.

The Herd’s layout is reflective of its name. Through these shelters one finds an extension of ones self. Like inanimate bodies huddled together with their backs to the elements, the Herd invites by-passers to enter and become a part of its community.

Each shelter base is built using second-hand pallets. The structure is assembled from H3.2 treated timber. Altogether, the structures will require 100m of timber, equating to $300. The outer skin will be of a selected mixture of recycled wooden veneer, sail cloth and wire mesh.

The assembly of each shelter will take place on site. The outer skin will connect to the base, with the canopy extending up and connecting at the structure’s peak.
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H2Orbit [2014-44]


The purpose of our pop-up design is to filter water in countries of a recent earthquake or countries deprived of clean drinking water. Our water filtration structure allows people to bring in contaminated water and put it through a system for it to be purified. The water filtering system that will be used in our structure is based on an existing product called the Drinkable Book; a book of which each page can filter up to 100L of water. Our design also serves as an assembly point, shelter and first aid centre. The potential future use of our design could be to have it completely de-constructed and recycled as it will be made from 100% recycled plastics and plastic linings, therefore all materials can be reused.H2Orbit-2014-44-Image2-small

The Flowing Tyres [‎2014-46]


This is our project for SHAC, The Flowing Tyres, a urban garden like pavilion. It is created with over 35 re-used tyres, allowing the public to enjoy an amusing piece of sculpture infused with recycling. The dynamic shape of the pavilion is placemaking and versatile in use, in which green plants and flora can be grown giving the feature piece a sense of tranquility and enlightenment in any urban environment. Consists of three simple elements: the dynamic recycled tyre screen, laminated wooden frame and a versatile large feature tyre, The Flowing Tyres can be deconstructed for relocation with ease.TheFlowingTyres-2014-46-Image2-small


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Armadillo Shelter [2014-47]

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The Armadillo Multipurpose Shelter is designed around the central idea of safety and withdrawal from the outside world. Like and armadillo, the shelter is designed like a shell where people who are suffering that effects of a disaster be it natural or otherwise, can retreat and find solace in their time of need.

The shelter is constructed from materials that can be easily transported to the aid zone be sustainably farmed. The orange colour with the stripes is to allow aid workers to deliver supplies and medical assistance to the communities with ease as the shelters can be identified from long ranges and work as a beacon from the air. The structure “pops up” in a rapid construction process that should take less than 1 hour per shelter, and should only require a few able bodied people. The finned design incorporates mesh covered vents that allow solar heating,ventilation and soft lighting throughout the day.

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Busker’s Archway [2014-48]


As performing individuals and groups grow in talent and numbers, street performances will continue to occur in areas that far from accommodate their needs. Our pop up structure will fit the purpose for a variety of acts, from small scale buskers, group dances, bands and even promotional events. The main qualities of this structure will offer an interactive layout that could benefit each and every style of performance, by creating interesting shapes which could be incorporated into routines, small outward facing areas that enhance acoustics, as well as offering a unique backdrop for social discussions or events.


Pop Up Shelter [2014-49]


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This homeless shelter was designed to help encourage healthy living amongst those who are less fortunate. Below is a brief description on the attributes and goals that we have focused in on and have tried to accomplish.

The shelter fabric is between polyester and nylon so ideally it would be very light to carry around.

We explored the idea of creating more space in the shelter so that if need be, the occupant of the shelter could invite fellow friends to stay with him/her.

Not only is this designed for the individual to sleep in, but for it to be a place where he can put his feet up and just relax, so a natural ventilation system will also be placed appropriately on the shelter.


Thanks to the “foldup into a back pack” design, the individual will have to worry no longer about losing his spot as wherever he goes, he carries his foldup shelter in backpack form.

The blow-up design to the shelter makes it as easy as inflating the shelter and it’s securely standing right before your eyes.

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LoveSHAC [2014-50]


Our design intent is to create a romantic dating area for couples of any age group. The pop-up is to be located on top of Mt Eden terrace where a vibrant view of Auckland city can be seen. We have used an elevated site because we want the inhabitants to be taken away from the bustling city life so they can occupy a space that is both private and peaceful. Due to our theme being a “romantic dating area” we were more interested in using curves and irregular shapes rather than fixed solid forms. The design is basically two compartments which are used for dining and reclining that are connected together portraying the bonding of two souls and  the  overlaid  tangled strips depicts how deep and complex some relationships can be. The structure will be constructed of polycarbonate panels for the glazing and “multi-ply” plywood for the wall structures.LoveShac-2014-50-A3-2-small

Street Studio [2014-51]


The Street Studio, was conceived as a way to encourage art and creativity in the community. Its main purpose is to provide a space where artists and creative types can come express themselves in a constructive environment, whilst promoting creativity and art to members of the public. It is intended for all ages, teenagers, children, and adults. The Street Studio is portable, and can be moved to different public areas such as Silo Park, Aotea Square, and Britomart. The structure would be constructed out of recycled timber framing, with truss supports, recycled timber sheeting exterior, and the use of other recycled materials such as corrugated plastic, canvasing, foam, and fabric. This pop-up Street Studio represents creativity in a physical form, with the aim of inspiring and influencing creative response from its uses.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit

The Sustainable Park Pagoda [2014-52]



The Sustainable Park Pagoda is constructed entirely of recycled materials. Enjoy your packed lunch whilst being protected from the rain or harsh sunrays, and at the same time admire the wonderful artistry created by recycled materials.
It consists of four main segments, making its setup quick and simple.

  • Self-supporting roof structure made out of recycled timber. Easily assembled and held together by nuts and bolts.
  • A collection of small plastic sheathing, layered similarly to roof slates/tiles, to provide sun and rain cover – made from recycled plastic bottles, resulting in a beautiful display of coloured light.
  • Three walls, made out of modified wooden pallets – each are held together by hinges, enabling them to extend or collapse, further facilitating transportation and set-up.
  • Customised wooden pallets, with in-built furniture fixed to the surfaces, join like a puzzle to form a 10m2 hexagonal-shaped floor.


(“The Sustainable Park Pagoda” is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit

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Geoff [2014-53]


Geoff is a portable and collapsible shelter that can be utilized for various purposes. When collapsed into a wedge, Geoff measures 3m long x 2.5m wide, when expanded Geoff measures a 6m length x 2.5m wide.

A common use for Geoff may be for recreational purposes, easily housing a family of 3. Geoff could also be used in the event of emergency, where semi-permanent housing is required.
Geoff has a solid wood floor made from recycled wooden floor boards. Geoff has a metal frame that supports panels of tinted Twin Wall Polycarbonate, Polycarbonate can be made from recycled plastic and can also be recycled itself when no longer needed. Twin Wall Polycarbonate traps warm air in between panels to provide sufficient insulation, the back panel will feature an adjustable vent, to provide adequate ventilation. Geoff provides a warm, comfortable, weather proof living space in any situation.

Shelter of Thought [2014-54]

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The “Shelter of Thought” is a pop up study shelter which protects your thoughts and ideas from blowing away. By pulling on the rope which is attached to the sliding attachment that travels up and down the pole, it can easily fold up and down to create more or less shelter and privacy.
It is made of recycled bamboo and recycled posters. The bamboo sticks which are lashed together have high and low points around the shelter to create tables, seating and resting areas. Using this material makes the shelter sustainable because when the bamboo sticks get dry and hard or break you can just swap them with new ones and compost the old ones.
The proposed site for it is on a grass lawn on the Unitec campus surrounded by trees. The area is perfect for students to socialise, study and relax. The shelter can be used by anyone who wants to protect a thought from escaping.Shelter of Thought-2014-54-image 2-small Shelter of Thought-2014-54-image 3-small

Sacred [2014-55]


Sacred, the concept of what is a holy space that works as a prayer/meditation room for any individual.  The idea uses light, orientation and height to create a sense of holiness. Derived from domes and sharp roofs found in religious architecture, Sacred takes the form of a tall peaked figure that fans out. Seated on a tear drop base that works as an indicator pointing to the west for the Muslim individuals Sacred shows it is fit for various religions. The building displays various elements from the merging of diverse religious themes. Made of hardwood plywood, cork flooring and recycled melted plastic for the skylight feature, the design uses sustainable and eco-friendly materials. Sacred allows one a chance to feel closer and more connected to god and experience a pure and tranquil space.Sacred-2014-55-A3-2-small

Power Bank [2014-56]


Power Bank, a pop up space where users are able to charge their dlectronic devices in different situations such as; music festivals, parks, and also the CBD. The Power Bank is fueled by clean solar energy that tops up lithium battery packs. Power Bank comes in a flat-pack, easy to assemble package. 5panels make up the wall and one panel for the roof, which houses the solar panels. powerbank2-2014-56-image-small powerbank3-2014-56-image-small

Lake Shelter [2014-57]

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New Zealand contains many lakes for people to enjoy and use yet there is no place for shelter that is both sustainable and inexpensive.

Lake Shelter allows people from all economic backgrounds to enjoy a relaxing space to socialize with friends and family on the lake. It provides shelter from sun and wind. Lake Shelter makes summer days and events such as rowing regattas a better experience for everyone. It is also useful if emergency aid care is required.

The design floats in a lake from an anchor point. It is sustainable as it uses renewable and inexpensive Altamira bamboo and IBS marine plywood on floors. Spaces are naturally lit and protected from inclement weathers. Capability to be situated at different lakes also.

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BYO Library [2014-59]


BYO Library (bring your own library book), is a recreational space which encourages youth to engage in the ingenious and create world of books. By using recycled and sustainable materials, this environmentally friendly design remains simple. Entering the space, individuals are invited by an arched wall façade, composed of recycled books. The design consists of a platform which is made of solid recycled timber frames set at right angles to the roof. The frames are then covered by polycarbonate plastic, ensuring the space remains both insulated and dry. Built in “reading pods”, allow individuals to recline, and relax while reading. ByoLibrary-2014-59-A3-2 ByoLibrary-2014-59-A3-3 ByoLibrary-2014-59-A3-4

Graf Shack [2014-61]


The Graf Shack, was conceived as a potential answer to the perceived societal issue of graffiti art. Its main purpose is to provide a space where street artists can practice their art form, in a legal, constructive environment, whilst promoting graffiti positively, as a creative outlet. It would also provide a creative space for those who would simply like to express themselves, whether they are teenagers, children, or adults. The Street Studio was designed based on information collected from the graffiti art community. We used this to create specifications that influenced our design decisions. For example, large surfaces, ventilation, and an area to relax. The structure would be constructed out of recycled timber framing, with truss supports, recycled timber sheeting exterior, and the use of other recycled materials such as corrugated plastic, canvasing, foam, and fabric. This pop-up Street Studio is the physical representation of the graffiti art community; creative, challenging, and interactive.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit


Studio56 [2014-62]


Studio56 is a break-out space conceived by four design students, and developed to provide a unique learning and collaboration environment for both students and staff, within the Living Campus. The efficient 10sqm building resonates an ethos of sustainability, education, and innovation. A closed space and open space form two distinct structures which work together, integrating water collection and storage as a key design element. Solar gain is captured for both heat and electricity. The two-part building can easily be reconfigured to adapt to multiple sites and uses. Designed as a high spec, weather-tight ply form and open frame, its construction allows users to customise their building through cladding and material, shown in this example with decorative Macrocarpa rain screens and black powder-coated details. Using simple methods of construction and honesty in its expressed connections, Studio56 explores the concept of providing a customisable kit-set; a self-build, learn-through-doing education of construction, architectural detail and sustainable design.
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PopUp! – Sustainable Habitat Challenge 2014 Call for Entries

Photos and/or drawings of your pop-up structure due 20 August 2014 12:00 noon.  On two or more A3 sheets.  Please email your submission to

What Pop-Up structure will you create?  A sculpture, a shop, an office, a venue, a place to play?

Competition Objectives
* Provide a playful competition to help designers, builders and the public better understand the art and science of building.
* Promote design and build as a collaborative, evolutionary process
* Promote the re-use of materials
* Promote living well, with purpose, and with less reliance on money and resources
* Promote creative responses that do not require a large budget

Entry Requirements and Checklist
* Register for your number here
* Please email your submission to
* Due Date – 21 Aug 2014 12:00 noon [NZ time] * 150 word description of the project in the body of the email [same as described below] * ProjectName-SubmissionNumber-A3.pdf
* ProjectName-SubmissionNumber-image.png   [or .jpg or .gif] * ProjectName-SubmissionNumber-any other file   [could be sketchup, pdf of photos, etc] * The PDF A3 presentation sheets are what explain the project. This may include sketches, plans, elevations, sections, and/or photos of the materials or techniques to be used.
* Entries not to include your names or logos, only your assigned submission number.
* In 150 words or less explain the following:
a) The project and its purpose, it’s present and potential future uses.
b) Possible methods of construction
* Submitted designs should be copyrighted by the author(s) under a Creative Commonslicense of your choice, suggested: “CC-Attribution” or “CC-Attribution-NonCommercial
* SHAC reserves the right to not accept any entries.
* Best entries will be honoured with awards and prizes.
* All entries may be published by SHAC on our web site or other medium.
* Thank you for your submission!

SHAC Awards 2013

Bella Bloomfield is the winner of the 2013 SHAC Competition held with Surf Life Saving New Zealand.


We saw a number of excellent entries from students and professionals from all over New Zealand for the SHAC 2013 Surf Life Saving Tower Challenge.

Bella’s tower, the Portabella, most impressed the participating Surf Life Saving New Zealand clubs, their members, and SHAC judges.  She also won the Otago Polytechnic Design Prototype Award and $800 in their 2013 grad show for this work.

Bella’s Surf Life Saving tower design and prototype is now available for purchase from BB Cocoon Design

Furthermore, SHAC is pleased to announce that Mark Mismash has been awarded the “SHAC Research Leader Award for 2013” for his innovative interventions in Christchurch communities.

SHAC | Tim Bishop | 021 750 346
Surf Life Saving New Zealand | Nick Mulcahy | 04 560 0334
Cocoon Design | Bella Bloomfield |
Otago Polytechnic | 0800 762 786

Prefab | Modular | SIPS | Working Bee

Prefab | Modular | SIPS | Working Bee

Help us build a new home for Christchurch community organisations. Working bee this weekend [30 Nov and 1 Dec]. Sat 10-1, Sun 10-1, BBQ 1-3. 24 Walker St, CBD.Building using Structural Insulated Panels – workshop

Walker St Building Community – SHAC fromTim Bishop on Vimeo.

Specifications [Coming Soon]

Come help us make the Walker St Hub at 24 Walker st.
A new home for the following community organisations who want to help you realise your dream for your small business or social enterprise.


Sustainable Habitat Challenge 2013 – Call for Entries

Richard Horden "Beach Point" 1997

Richard Horden “Beach Point” 1997

Design a subconsent Surf Lifesaving Tower.

Two or more A3 sheets due 30 Aug 2013 12:00 noon.


How are we going to live well, with purpose, with more community, and with less reliance on resources like materials and energy?

The SHAC Challenge is a way to learn about the building code, experiment with buildings, and to develop prototypes for our new built environment. We designers, engineers, architects, builders, and others will be creating our new built environment for the rest of our lives.

This challenge has entrants considering a a key future design need: structures that sit off of the ground, on potentially adjustable supports.  How is the structure anchored to the ground?  Are the anchors durable? When will the structure overturn?

* Provide a playful competition to help designers, builders and the public better understand the art and science of building.
* Promote design and build as a collaborative, evolutionary process
* Promote the re-use of building materials
* Promote living well, with purpose, and with less reliance on money and resources
* Promote creative responses that do not require a large budget

Design Requirements
* The building must not require building consent, as per the DBH discussion document.  Example exemptions (daawalls fences), (gadecks), (i10m2 buildings), (jveranda/patio/porch/awnings), (jb – pergola), (je – shade sail), (jf – carport), and (k – low cost / consequence).  Exemptions can be combined.
* The building will provide for use as a surf life saving tower. It may also provide other use(s) now or in the future.
* The building may make use of recycled building materials.
* The building may make use of solar energy: eg, passive solar, solar electric, or solar thermal technology.

Entry Requirements and Checklist

* Register for your number here
* Please email your submission to
* Due Date – 30 Aug 2013 12:00 noon [NZ time] * 150 word description of the project in the body of the email [same as described below] * ProjectName-SubmissionNumber-A3.pdf
* ProjectName-SubmissionNumber-image.png   [or .jpg or .gif] * ProjectName-SubmissionNumber-any other file   [could be sketchup, pdf of photos, etc] * The PDF A3 presentation sheets are what explain the project. This may include sketches, plans, elevations, sections, and/or photos of the materials or techniques to be used.
* Entries not to include your names or logos, only your assigned submission number.
* In 150 words or less explain the following:
a) The project and its purpose, it’s present and potential future uses.
b) Possible methods of construction
c) List the exemptions used from Schedule 1 of the building Act.
d) How the project will be supplied with any electrical power, and water, if needed.
* You may choose to include a sketchup file. Or photos of projects underway are acceptable.
* Please submit all files electronically to
* Maximum size about 20MB per email.
* Submitted designs should be copyrighted under a Creative Commons license of your choice, suggested: “CC-Attribution” or “CC-Attribution-NonCommercial”
* Judging will take place in September-November.
* Best entries will be honoured with awards and prizes
* Submitted designs should be copyrighted by the author(s) under a Creative Commons license of your choice, suggested: “CC-Attribution” or “CC-Attribution-NonCommercial”* Questions can be sent to, and answers will be sent to all registered teams.
* SHAC reserves the right to not accept any entries.
* Best entries will be honoured with awards and prizes.
* All entries may be published by SHAC on our web site or other medium.
* Thank you for your submission!



The Chair - Wilson and Hill Architects

The Chair – Wilson and Hill Architects

More on Surf Life Saving Towers from Surf Life Saving New Zealand >>> (PDF)

Help us advertise – please put up a poster for us:  A3-PDF, A4-PDF

2012 Entries >>>

XRoad [2013-52]

A lifeguard tower that is simple, functional and mobile. In its mobile state it functions as a boat trailer, which can easily be erected into a structurally safe lifeguard tower with good view. This gives the design a greater value both for business and private use. It is fully mobile and therefore can be transported during the off season to undergo maintenance and repairs.
The structure evolves around a hollow rectangular shaped aluminium structure used for aircraft construction. It will have tires and regulation standard lights for its mobile, boat trailer, state. Foldable seats will act as a cushion when traveling with a boat. Two people can erect the structure, and access is with small but adequate step/grip handles which will be on both sides of the structure as fixtures to the main structure. Sun shelter will be achieved with collapsible sunroof, which is easy in transportation. Since the structure is made of hollow aluminium material, it is possible to store both water and fuel in it for on beach supply.
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ThreeSixty [2013-29]

This curvaceous, sub consent surf lifesaving tower is designed through several iterations to maximise its 360o views. This design is able to cater for all surf lifesaving requirements including an inside area, desk space, storage, multiple viewing levels and easy access. Its future uses could include being used as a platform to provide seating areas and shelter for people.
This surf lifesaving tower could be constructed using recycled materials such as pre-cut culverts and wooden panels. The base cylinder goes 1.5 metres into the sand providing support to hold up the whole tower. Flexible strips of material are used on the back of the doorway so it can be easily folded and opened. The thicker concrete cylinders are hollowed out so they are less expensive and can be used as storage areas.
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