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F3 Design in Christch urch has recen tly design ed the ArtBox , a modular
building system fo r tempo rar y and perman en t u se in the Christchurch
rebuild. We asked Pippin Wright-Stow (inset left, with sen ior design er
Andrew Just) about the challenges and opportunities for design in
Christchurch post-quake. f3design.co .nz .
What was the design idea for the ArtBox?
We wanted to design a modular space that was more spacious and flexible
than a shipping container, but retained the moveable and connective qualities.
What are its main design features?
The ArtBox s ystem is compon en t based. It starts with a three-dimen sio na l
steel-framed truss that retai ns a con stan t inte rn al open ing in height, width,
an d length. I nto these openings can be bolted myriad walls, windows, doo rs,
roofs a nd floors, locally sou rced and man ufactured where possible. The
ArtBoxes can be stacked up to three storeys high with more su bstantial
fou n dation s, o r they can stan d alon e as single level spaces on small co ncrete
fou n dation s. C ompon en ts are man ufactu red off site in controlled conditions
and trucked to site and assembled in a short time. The system is able to
change an d alter spaces without wasting materials o r large a mo u nts of time.
What are the big ‘design opportunities’ for Christchurch, post-q uake?
What we feel every day in Christchurch at the moment is uncertainty. The
City Plan is changing, the ground is changing, people are leaving and
arriving daily and there is the need for short- and long-term solutions to the
pro blems we face. A ll this has to be co nsidered when we design buildings
n ow, and the oppo rtu nities lie in sol ving these problems.
Why has F3 committed to staying in Christchurch?
It is an exciting time to be in Christchurch. People are starting to use creativity
to get the city up and going again and that works well with the way we like to
do things. We would like to be able to say that F3 did its bit to create a new
v ibra nt a nd exciting city.
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