PrefabNZ UniPod Design Competition

February 2016

We are delighted to announce that Simon Blencowe from our Christchurch office, in collaboration with Welhaus, has been awarded runner-up (highly commended) in the PrefabNZ UniPod Design Competition.

The UniPod is an open-source universally accessible bathroom pod - designed specifically for multi-unit residential applications, think social housing, retirement villages and apartment buildings. The UniPod provides an exciting glimpse into the future of medium-density housing - online instructions for assembling by manufacturers anywhere in New Zealand. This is similar to how pre-nailed wall frames and roof trusses started, and now those systems are common-place building components for almost all new-build housing.

The open-source UniPod is the brain-child of PrefabNZ, the hub for prebuilt construction in New Zealand. PrefabNZ is working with BRANZ funding to increase uptake of prefabrication through the Levers for Prefab programme.

More information on PrefabNZ can be found on their website.

The Judges chose to award Welhaus' team entry as the design solution "provides a well resolved and thought-out space that allows for a number of different configurations, markets and aesthetic treatments. In paying attention to the arrangement and spatial dimensions of the internal space, a highly functional and accessible bathroom space has been created out of a very small area." (Daiman Otto, PrefabNZ Board Chair)

Dan Tremewan of Welhaus' runner-up team says:
"We'd like to thank PrefabNZ and future homeowners who will benefit from the efficiency gains from increased offsite manufacturing that this competition fosters. We are pleased that judges recognised the way architect Simon Blencowe from Pynenburg & Collins Architects incorporated Lifemark accessibility with design features and New Zealand timber surfaces."

Click here to view Simon's UniPod entry.