Category Archives: 2015_Challenge_Shortlist

2015 Shortlist to the Sustainable Habitat Challenge
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A potential site for the bus stop is at the corner of Racecourse Rd and the Main Hwy 77 going north: (Google Maps)

Hutt Shelter [2015-80]

The starting point for this design references the traditional timber framed barns once common in Canterbury. Occasionally you come across a barn nearing the end of its life, with bleached and weathered timbers. The roof framing is letting go, and a graceful curve develops in the ridge line as the building becomes more beautifully integrated into the landscape.
This building will be an ambassador for natural building. For many it will be their first encounter with these technologies. As such it should be relatable, distinctive, dignifying; a building that people can identify with. At the same time expressive of the materials used.
In this design the main materials are sourced from the nearby landscape. Wheat straw from the surrounding farmland; lime from Amuri for plaster; macrocarpa from farm shelterbelts for frame and cladding; bricks for the floor salvaged from the Canterbury earthquakes; and river stones for the sheltering wall along the south.

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Shingle Point [2015-77]

Shingle Point
Inspired by the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps and the timber boardwalks on our national walking trails. Shingle point looks to a regenerative future and harks back to simple timber settlers cottages. With native timber flooring, framing, sarking and cladding the intended structure would be formed from our natural resources. Reclaimed Totara heartwood is proposed for its inherent durability. This timber was highly prized by both the Maoris and the early European settlers. It needs no chemical treatment and can be oiled to retain colour or left to silver naturally. A faceted Greywacke stone plinth is also proposed to anchor the structure, form the seating and elevate the timber from ground moisture. These materials and the form are intended to blend into Methven’s built alpine vernacular and relate to the areas dramatic natural landscape.

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Snöhuttë [2015-69]

Snöhuttë is a bus shelter located on the out skirt of Methven, 47 Racecourse road, besides Ski Time resort. Its primary function is to serve as a shelter for tourist and locals waiting to head out to the local mountains for winter activities via bus transport. The shelter comfortably accommodates 20 travellers and their gear, whilst keeping them warm courtesy of the fire place within the feature wall that also doubles as a chimney. The shelter can also function between winter seasons as a communal space by transforming the entrance wall to create an additional covered outdoor area. Materials used to create the shelter are natural stone for the base and feature wall, rammed earth southern wall, and pine timber to create the inhabitable spaces with north facing glass windows. The sloped roof prevents snow from collecting on the roof, the covered entrance way provides an intermediate transition that combats the strong north westerly winds, and rest of the shelter is completely sealed to combat wild weather conditions of Methven.

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Cafouillis Shelter [2015-68]

Hey! so our design is made out of steel beams for the structure and correlated iron for the back cladding, the interior is lined with untreated timber, the interior bracing elements are also timber and are held together by stainless bracing (pictured in poster). Our design was inspired by the norwest arch, geodesic domes and also the dna helix.

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ONTRACK [2015-67]

ONTRACK is about bringing back Methven’s heritage. We will revive the railway by creating a shelter out of rail tracks.
The rails will form the structural frame of the shelter, and recycle materials from Christchurch such as: stone, timber and iron roofing will be used to create the walls, floor and the cladding.
The bus shelter is about 30m2, with 2 entries (one from resort, other one from the road), ski storage, covered seated areas and have great visibility on the road.
It is protected by timber panels that are hooked onto the structure and the shelter is positioned to receive the most sun in the morning but also to protect from the south and western winds.

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Tyre Garden [2015-63]

The Tyre Garden on Racecourse Avenue is a multipurpose shelter for passengers and guests of the resort anytime of the year, as well as reflecting the farming culture found in Methven through the reuse of farming materials in the surrounding garden.

The structure of the shelter is constructed from recycled materials, the walls made of used tyres rammed with earth to help minimise the effect of seismic action commonly encountered within the Canterbury region. Wooden pallets form the structure of the roof and is thatched with bales of straw. Angled walls provide views to Mount Hutt and offer protection to passengers from the prevailing winds (as well as providing a view of the incoming bus), but open to allow for vegetation blossom through the exposed tyres.

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Whare Whenua [2015-59]

This is our Entry – Whare Whenua

Whare Whenua is bus shelter created from natural materials. Rammed earth walls shelter the users from oncoming words and help support the angled steel roof that is inspired from the southern alps seen fro the site at 47 Racecourse Avenue. Untreated Timber louvres, which are used as an architectural element also helps with shelter from the winds and while showcasing the idea of a rising mountain. During winter seasons skiers and snowboarders can hang the gar on the wall and during the non winter periods the bus shelter can also be used an area to come and hang for the community.

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Curv [2015-55]

Curv ski-bus shelter is designed for the people and community of Methven. The shelter is designed from locally sourced materials. Curved walls made from adobe bricks, an elegant roof constructed from timber and recycled tires. The chosen materials are all natural and recycled other than that used for structural purposes, these materials also relate to the climate. Adobe bricks offer great thermal properties, the recycled tires are weatherproof also concrete, timber and steel reinforcing is used to keep its structure intact. Construction is fairly easy and best of all these materials are cost efficient. Curv is designed to bring in the sunlight and works against prevailing chilly winds of Methven and in the case of the rare storm winds the shelter provides seating on the south side of the dwelling and an amphitheatre-like seating inside for the tourist crowds in winter season, the space also serves a dual purpose for gatherings and performances for the community when its off season.

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Seven Summits [2015-50]

Seven Summits arises through the grounds of Methven to replicate the beautiful aesthetic of the mountain summits in the horizon. Not only a bus shelter, but Seven Summits provides a space for communities to gather with one another through an engaging environment. A community garden brings together people of multiples ages and interests, thus bonding the small town of Methven and creating a future of innovation and entrepreneurship. The main goal of Seven Summits was to create a space that would be able to interact with environment and also to link that connection with the people of Methven. Each peak tells a different story, therefore the heights were altered so that this could be signified. The stone walls represents structure and safety, helping block the cold winds of the south and furthermore the strong gusts of the north.

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47 Peeks [2015-48]

Bring the mountain tops into Methven. Located at 47 Racecourse Avenue, the sculptural bus shelter allows mountain goers to peek at spectacular views of the Southern Alps while protected from chilly Methven winters. Usable public space close to town center will create a land mark attracting tourism year round. Revitalised steel beams and roofing from Christchurch’s earthquake damaged buildings, requires little processing and transport, so will be cheap and easily to replace if damaged, as materials can be repurposed or recycled with no waste into landfills. The easy to maintain structure will be lifted off the ground to allow for air circulation to keep shelter clean and reduce the wind tunnel effect. 47Peeks is the ultimate recycled material bus shelter that will breathe new life into Methven.

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1976 [2015-45]

On track to greener materials

A prominent railway history establishing in 1880 and spanning to 1976. With only four years short of a centaury of operation, the railway is an iconic part of Methven’s history. A cornerstone in building the town and a part of its heritage that’s not easy forgotten
Situated on the Canterbury plains at the base of the Southern Alps, Methven has a remarkable landscape. Luscious green fields surround the township with the snowy mountain range establishing their presence to the west. A fantastic example of rural New Zealand, showing off gorgeous scenery that our country has become celebrated for.
A green, sustainable transportation hub for the town of Methven. Mimicking the habitat, 1976 does justice to the landscape by blending into the surrounding context. Acknowledging the townships vibrant locomotive history and utilising recycled materials creating a nostalgic emotional connection to the yesteryear of Methven. Recycled railway sleepers, and tracks, untreated Douglas Fir logs, and Locally quarried stone make up the construction materials for the scheme. All materials are sourced locally with minimal embedded energy.

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Lashed Earth [2015-40]

Lashed Earth is a shelter designed using natural and recycled materials from around the local region. Its purpose being able to shelter tourists or members of the community waiting for the bus not only during the winter from the cold whether like the rain, snow or the strong winds and also act as a shelter during the summer from the heat, the sun as it has functions in the design that can act as shelter. Its been designed to be strong enough to hold up during natural events such as earth quakes with its support structure inside which acts as a secondary support for the shelter but also something that is quite unique and quite monumental for tourists / visitors to look at with its unique way of holding it up with traditional lashing methods that in some peoples eyes act as a type of art work in a way. The name of the shelter comes from the way the shelter is constructed. Lashed Earth is a simple designed shelter with multiple purposes but the main one being able to shelter people from the cold weather or the hot weather.

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Euclidean [2015-38]

We chose the name Euclidean as it defines the general feeling that the concept of space is ultimately a mathematical one. The Euclidean has been designed to create a space habitable for all demographics and their needs as well as promoting a social environment with the interior curves to create comfort while waiting for the bus. These curves purposefully juxtapose the perpendicular exterior structure to create a new ambiance as you enter the shelter. We create elements which do not look foreign to the space; All seating areas are built into the walls. Columns are used to create a threshold are exposed beams allowing the patrons to view their ski gear from the seating area. In summer, the space is owned up by the large window on the roadside. The seating along the window also acts as an exterior bench, allowing you to view the grand surrounds of Methven.

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Ground Up [2015-36]

This Shelter is designed with simplicity and function in mind with a minimal material palate of rammed earth and reclaimed timber the embodied energy is kept to a minimum. The delicate roof was designed to float in between the vertical monolithic walls, this allows for radiant heating. A small separation from the horizontal bench mass and the vertical walls creates a dynamic space connecting the two seating areas with light and sound. Dubbed “ground Up” due to the process of using the earth below to create a structure.

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Sunset Stripes [2015-30]

Our project consists of rammed earth walls, Douglas fir panelling and seating, a concrete floor, and steel roofing. There are two entrances, the main one opening onto the road, and a smaller secondary entrance at the rear of the shelter allowing access from the resort. The walls at the back overlap at the entrance to stop the cold southerly winds entering the shelter. There is vertical panelling on part of the front entrance to deflect the chilly North Westerly winds while allowing in the morning sun from the East. The main opening faces North allowing sun to stream in all day and views of Mt Hutt. The rammed earth walls combined with timber panels and seating give the shelter a warm and cosy feel. The roof drains to a single point at the rear, then trickles down a chain drain into a small wishing well. It seats approximately 16 people.

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Host Ship [2015-24]

Host Ship is situated in front of the Methven Resort and across the road from Mount Hutt College. Three structures are arranged along the site. The shelters are made of locally-sourced materials: cob, corrugated iron roofing, straw, recycled steel and timber. A wall made of earth and straw is used to support the angular roofs which connect to a down pipe. Snowsport gear can be placed into a timber frame that is attached to one of the structures. The most northern shelter is to be built by the high school students at Mt. Hutt College. This will allow students to make their own space where they can organise events or just hang out after school. During the quiet times of the year, the space could be used as meeting point for tourism or a performance space, thus making this a flexible space for the local community.

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Methven Mountain Shelter [2015-23]

Methven Mountain Shelter is a unique semi-enclosed bus shelter that caters to travelers and to the community all year round. It acts as a shelter during the winter, a communal gathering point during summer and a historical information centre throughout the year.

The main aspect of its design is to reflect the environment surrounding the site. Consequently altering the buildings shape best suited for view of Mt Hutt, Vision for approaching buses and the weathering. The design is to be rustic, using mixture of recycled and sustainable materials. Its façade shape is to reflect the mountain ranges and Mt Hutt.

Materials included are weather boards from the Christchurch earthquake in original context as the facade to enforce historical importance of the Canterbury region. The remaining structure is made from straw bale (Non-load bearing) and timber from Douglas-fir (Load bearing) to support the recycled roofing.

This design is copyrighted by the authors under the CC-Attribution License

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Rerehi Whakarutu [2015-21]

Rerehi Whakarutu

For our Shac bus shelter proposal we explored the concept and ideas behind curves that could be achieved using straight lines and arranging them using horizontal and vertical axis. We used this to replicate the rigorous mountain sides and combining this idea into our proposal. We wanted to achieve a shape that not only looked interesting but contrasted from the landscape that it was surrounded in. We included this idea in the roof construction of the project. The materials were sourced locally and provided a low and effective solution and helped reduce the overall carbon footprint of the bus shelter. With a combination of wooden shingles and a timber frame construction the bus shelter was primarily focused on natural materials and its conventions. We wanted to move away form the traditional bus stop design of a roof and walls to something that was unique in its own way.

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Earth Circle [2015-19]

Earth Circle

Earth Circle is situated in front of Methven Resort and across the road from Mount Hutt College. Three structures are arranged in a circle, forming an open space in the centre.
The structures are made of locally-sourced materials: rocks, earth, straw, recycled timber and recycled polycarbonate sheet. Gabion blocks (wire mesh filled with rocks) form double-levelled bench seating. A cob wall (made of earth and straw) behind the benches is framed by two recycled timber posts, which support a light roof of polycarbonate and timber. Skiis and snowboards can be slotted into a timber frame that is attached to one of the structures.
The structures are simple and easy to build. This allows for the Methven community’s involvement in the construction and maintenance of the structures, making the project more broadly sustainable (not just in terms of its materiality).
The open, communal space is suitable for use throughout the year, while it is not occupied by seasonal visitors, as a market or performance space.

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Sticks & Stones [2015-18]

This unique and dynamic bus shelter crafted using carefully selected hearty South Island materials creates a safe haven from the Methven environment throughout the seasons. The positioning of the Shelter allows for easy circulation between the resort car park and the footpath. “Sticks & Stones” originates from the shelters solid stone central wall with protruding wooden logs which offer a number of waiting areas and gear storage benches. “Sticks & Stones” is an ideal Bus stop in winter and a playful and calming picnic and family area outside the resort in summer.

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Off the Rails [2015-17]

“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.

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MTSCAPE [2015-14]

This is a bus shelter made from natural and recycled materials designed for skiers and snow boarders in Methven, travelling to Mt. Hutt. For this reason the design is inspired by the mountain range of Mt. Hutt. The bus shelter is made from a combination of rammed earth pillars, straw bale walls and recycled corrugated iron roofing. The design is located on the site next to Methven Skitime on Racecourse Avenue.

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Mountain View [2015-13]

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.

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Silhouette [2015-11]

Silhouette provides a joyful social space for people to socialize. Creating sun shadows from recycled pallets.

Recycled pallet is not only used for walls and roof, but also been used as frames for construction which is resourceful, inexpensive.

Foundation is made with river stones collected from Rakaia River.

Ski gear can be stored in the gaps between pallets elegantly.

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