“Off the Rails” relates to the historical context of Methven. Tapping into the lines of Methven being the terminus of a historical railway system of the late 1800’s. The frame is comprised of a skeleton of recycled railway sleepers supplied locally in the Canterbury region. The walls are made up of local, recycled pallets in filled with a layer of cob, for strength and shelter. by up-cycling these materials we are transforming what was previously the end of a journey into what now facilitates the beginning of one. These materials also provide an earth and farmyard aesthetic that ties into the Methven experience. Located on Racecourse Avenue near the Ski Time Methven hotel. The shelter caters comfortably for 20 people all year round and provides a suitable shelter for all weather conditions. With its move-able barn doors and variety of seating arrangements our bus shelter will make a trip to the local mountains a social and enjoyable experience for all.
Inspired by the beautiful mountain view of Mt. Hutt from the site, the Mountain View bus shelter allows people to enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery while waiting for the bus to arrive. The bus shelter also incorporates natural materials such as straw bale, local wood (Douglas fir), and green roofing to provide a sustainable and aesthetically pleasing shelter for both the tourists, and the local community of Methven.
Materials used are the following:
Strawbale plastered with lime for the south part of the bus shelter that functions as a load bearing wall, which withstands southwesterly prevailing winds.
Also a great natural and sustainable material that provide insulation
Untreated local (Douglas fir) wood used for the overall framing of the shelter.
Recycled glass are used for the visibility of the mountains, which also functions as a wind blocker for the North West cold wind.
Extensive green roofing for the flat roof of the shelter, which uses local small plants that could survive strong winds.