This years Studio 19 project, oneCOMMUNITY SHED for Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand (CIDANZ) was momentously opened three weeks ago with a morning of moving blessings, singing and dancing performances and a well earned feast! The existing shed has been given a new life, with the ability to cater for a variety of functions, filled with warmth, natural light and island flavour. The sixteen Unitec Architecture students excelled in enthusiasm, most certainly evoked by the infectious energy and emotion of the CIDANZ team that made the real world experience an inspirational one for our future architects. You can learn more about the project on our Facebook page here.
Tony Van Raat had a brilliant idea to record the evolution of the Studio 19 Project over the past eight years in a small publication, for which we gathered to celebrate it's launch last Friday at the construction site of our new premises. The limited edition book captures each annual 'design, document & build' project from 2008 - 2014 and includes guest essays from Van himself, Dave, (the builders) Cocksy and James Strachan, clients and students. Produced by Di Curtis and edited by Stephen Stratford, this special little book is in hot demand but we do have a few left for anyone out there especially interested.