breathe urban village

hallion architects used the business network established over years working in the auckland market to draw together a team for the ‘breathe urban village’, future housing competition, in christchurch.

bringing in infratil social infrastructure as developer, holmes consulting for structural and civils design, wsp lincoln scott for services and environmental design and the world reknowned will alsop as design leader, produced a startlingly original concept.


using the idea of the kiwi dream of owning a house and section (as opposed to an apartment), the design created a giant lattice of land ‘shelves’ that can be purchased by individuals who then have the ability to choose one of seven housing types, finished in a variety of materials to suit their requirements. modules can be added to or changed as life circumstances change within your own little corner of paradise.


the design came in third with a 'highly commended' award, recognizing the bold and innovative solution the proposal offered.

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