On Monday, I made it
I met with a couple of architects who work for Melling Morse Architects (www.mellingmorse.co.nz) who do a lot of pretty cool housing designs that are often affordable, yet beautiful. Their office is situated on an alley with one of the partners living in a sweet box/loft that has been basically been mounted on top of on older building where their office is. Their works consistent of a fairly regular palette of materials used in many different ways:
In terms of affordability and allowing ease of expansion, many of their projects are based off a module of 900 millimeters (3 ft). Typically, houses are being built for around NZ$3000/sq.meter or US$238/sq.ft if my conversions were right (when is the rest of the world going to catch up with the forward thinking
I was able to visit a couple of their projects and related ones in and outside of
As Allan Morse, one of the architects put it, you have to have a dream to make it work. If you don’t have a dream as a motive, then all you get is architects showing off without any real social solution. Dream big, and then you work back from that. I am grateful to their hospitality and continued good work.
More soon related to farming, farm houses, and the challenges of living in state housing. And more pictures soon.