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KiwiPrefab - Cottage to Cutting Edge

KiwiPrefab - Cottage to Cutting Edge

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  • Thu 28 Mar ’13, 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Fri 29 Mar ’13, 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 30 Mar ’13, 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sun 31 Mar ’13, 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Mon 1 Apr ’13, 9:00am – 6:00pm
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Puke Ariki, 1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Beautiful baches, creative construction and divine design will soon be bursting on to the New Plymouth foreshore and flowing through Puke Ariki.

Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge, an exhibition developed by Puke Ariki and Victoria University of Wellington, will showcase New Zealand building innovation, globally prize-winning ideas and ask the question – is prefabrication the way of the future?

The exhibition, which runs at Puke Ariki from 1 December 2012 to 1 April 2013, will take a retrospective view of our prefabricated past, examine today’s architecturally designed prefabs and look at the potential of digital design. It will also highlight the importance of going “green”.

Visitors can design their own prefab to add to an evolving community village, take part in dozens of events, panel discussions and workshops or walk through, explore and gain inspiration from four prefab dwellings. For the duration of the summer exhibition, the iPAD by Architex, Port-a-bach by atelierworkshop, a steel-framed studio by Frametek andPapai Design from Lockwood Group Ltd will celebrate Kiwi outdoor living in an area called the Prefab Landing.

Inside the museum at Puke Ariki there will be the growing prefab village, a folding whare (house) held together by tension wires, a self-build Click-raft structure, and a Jigsaw house. People can also see a pictorial timeline of prefabrication in New Zealand (did you know the Treaty House at Waitangi is a prefab?).

Flowing down the staircase into the exhibition will be Creature, a curved, installation of interlocking pieces digitally fabricated by a team from Victoria University’s School of Architecture, led by programme director Mark Southcombe.

A model of the First Light House – a zero-energy dwelling designed by Victoria University students – will also be on display. In 2011, it was New Zealand’s first entry into an international solar competition in Washington DC, where it gained third place.

Also on show will be images and film footage also shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York’s 2008 exhibition,Home Delivery: fabricating a modern dwelling.

Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge is presented in partnership with the Taranaki Regional Council, TSB Community Trust, Resene, Nova Energy, Radio Network and New Plymouth District Council.

Image Caption - The 2011 New Zealand Institute of Architect’s award-winning iPAD by Architex overlooks the wild Tasman Sea in Taranaki.
Credit - Trevor Read

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