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My Whare


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A pop of colour to add a light-heartedness to the scheme is provided in the indoor/outdoor window seat.

‘My Whare’ is an innovative programme initiated by VisionWest Community Trust in response to the crisis of youth homelessness and intended to give young people who have had a rough start in life, the opportunity for a brighter future.

A wooden panelled kitchen

VisionWest will offer the programme to youth who are transitioning out of care or homelessness. Each studio will be located on the residential property of a host family who offer the young person connection to community through shared meals and experiences while giving them enough space to grow independently.

Timber panelled studio

A timber panelled studio

SGA Ltd have a long-standing relationship with VisionWest having worked with their community housing team for nearly a decade on various housing initiatives and we are privileged to be involved with the development of the first two prototypes for this programme, the Whare Rua and Whare Tahi.

Timber kitchen

Studio bathroom

The design of the ‘Whare’ borrow ideas from the ‘tiny house movement’ to develop units that can be easily transported and simply connected to services in a typical residential suburban environment. The key to meeting these initial demands was to design to the requirements of scale and weight for light trailers and construction materials were selected for their lightness, strength and durability.

Studio bedroom

Timber panelled bedroom

The ‘Whare’ are constructed with light steel framing and overlaid with an insulated oriented strand board for stiffness. The interior walls and cabinetry employ the extensive use of sustainably sourced European poplar plywood, a very lightweight and strong panel with pale fine-grained finish.

Orange studio entry

Red studio entry

The small scale of these ‘Whare’ meant that the colour/materials palette needed to be very restrained so that an ‘unfussy’ calm could be maintained. All the poplar linings and cabinetry has been clear finished with Resene Aquaclear and this has been accented with black plywood panels and fittings.

Flooring finishes are neutral greys and natural timber decking.

A pop of colour to add a light-heartedness to the scheme is provided in the indoor/outdoor window seat, with Resene Lichen in the Whare Rua and Resene California in the Whare Tahi, both finished in Resene Lumbersider.

Architectural specifier: Strachan Group Architects
Building contractor: Crate Innovation
Client: VisionWest Community Trust
Painting contractor: Crate Innovation
Photographer: Ross Keane


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