Tyres be­come ar­chi­tec­tural base for gar­den

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

We may be short on hous­ing but Auck­land has no short­age of tyres.

A group of first-year ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents has tapped into the re­source for a de­sign project.

The Unitec stu­dents have cre­ated a pavil­ion which dou­bles as an ur­ban gar­den. It fea­tures old tyres filled with soil and at­tached to wooden arches.

The Flow­ing Tyre Project picked up a top spot at Sus­tain­able Habi­tat Con­struc­tion’s mi­cro ar­chi­tec­ture pop-up com­pe­ti­tion which has a fo­cus on cre­at­ing sus­tain­able build­ings.

Naomi Thomp­son, 22, says she never dreamed that, as first-years, they could take a de­sign off the page and bring it to life.

‘‘We have had some ups and downs. But to be firstyears and get to build some­thing is pretty cool.’’

The Mt Roskill res­i­dent says the team is now putting in the hard yards to get their de­sign ready for Grad Fest, from Novem­ber 27 to De­cem­ber 4.

‘‘We don’t re­ally have hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence so build­ing it will be a chal­lenge.’’

Alee­sha Kumar, 18, says the project has been a ‘‘wild ride’’.

‘‘At the start of the year I just thought this was just pretty Pho­to­shop work. You come out of high school and think it is just go­ing to be draw­ing and next thing you know they are telling you to go and do it in real life.’’

Shanker Ku­marache­liyan, 26, says the project has given them a prac­ti­cal in­sight into their de­signs.

‘‘As first-year stu­dents we have started to get our heads around de­sign­ing and draw­ing,’’ the Mt Wellington res­i­dent says. ‘‘But to think about ac­tu­ally build­ing it was com­pletely new to us,’’ he says.

The group also hopes to ex­hibit the Flow­ing Tyre Project at Silo Park over sum­mer.

Photo: CHRIS SKEL­TON

Hang­ing on: Pa­trick Reynolds is one of many res­i­dents and politi­cians fight­ing to save six po­hutukawa trees op­po­site Western Springs.

Photo: ROSE CAW­LEY

Cre­ative minds: Gideon Fakaua, 20, Naomi Thomp­son, 22, Alee­sha Kumar, 18, and Shanker Ku­marache­liyan, 26, are some of the bright young ar­chi­tects be­hind the Flow­ing Tyre Project. Ab­sent: Ja­cob Well­man, Tim Tian­pai Li and Bran­don Hill.

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