CandO worked in collaboration with Sustainable Habitat Challenge (SHAC) to orchestrate the design and build of a movable, off-grid office space for the Life in Vacant Spaces Trust (LiVS) with volunteer labour.
Following the wake of the 2011 earthquake the office was to be in the spirit of the charities mission to help revitalise Christchurch’s many vacant sites . The brief was to provide a comfortable working environment for two employees in just 10m² to avoid building consent requirements. The small plan was made to feel bigger with a lofty roof and projecting window seat. Further space was delineated with a covered entrance veranda, solar panel awning and fenced off exterior deck.
The office demonstrates that we can live well with less reliance on resources. It is off-grid with power supplied for laptops, printers and lighting by three solar panels. The building was constructed with as many salvaged materials from post earthquake demolition as we could. These included the timber framing, windows, cladding, roofing, decking, insulation and some interior linings.