Bach of designers see job through
Unitec’s architecture masters students are usually busy designing plans for someone else to build.
But in their latest task they have been able to see the process right through – from drawing sketches to mucking in on the building site.
The students are currently building the bedroom pavilion of a four-bedroom holiday home at Unitec’s Mt Albert campus.
The bach will then be completed by professionals including celebrity builder John “Cocksy” Cocks and transferred to Matarangi.
It is being built as a charity project and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
All proceeds will go to children’s charity KidsCan, which provides raincoats, hats, shoes and food for children in under-privileged areas.
Student James Dawe says it has been great to see the group’s plans come to life.
“Usually when we design something, we don’t get the chance to actually build it,” he says.
“This would usually be where we finish but we’ve been able to get hands-on knowledge and it’s for a good cause as well.”
Unitec lecturer Dave Strachan came up with the idea to have students build the bach when he was asked by his friend John Cocks to participate in the charity project.
Earlier this year, students came up with possible designs for the bach in groups before a panel of classmates, lecturers and representatives from KidsCan selected the winning design.
Students then had to put together documents to gain resource consent and have spent the past five weeks building the bedroom pavil- lion on site under the guidance of Mr Strachan and Mr Cocks.
Mr Strachan says having building experience will give the students an advantage in their careers.
“It’s not often something like this comes along where the students get a global view of what happens in the real world,” he says.
“They’re learning that it’s not just having to deal with the design aspect of architecture, but that they’ve got to be involved in the whole process.”
KidsCan general manager Julie Helson says it’s a valuable project.
Around 100 schools are waiting for help, and funds raised from the house will help to meet this need.
“This is a great project which will enable us not only to auction a fantastic property but also reduce our waiting list and stop kids going to school cold, wet and hungry,” says Ms Helson.
The bach is expected to be completed by the end of the year and auctioned next year.
Hands on: Unitec master of architecture students, from left: Jayshree Magan, Callum Dowie, Gemma Muir and James Dawe are helping to build a bach that will be auctioned off for charity KidsCan.