At a time when global warming is the biggest threat to our survival, low carbon materials have a crucial part to play in creating a truly sustainable built environment. Set in the context of current housing needs and the fact that Aotearoa produces some of the world’s highest yields of grain (and consequently of the by-product straw), this project explores the possibilities of using homegrown building materials to address the critical issue of climate change.

As part of a course at Unitec School of Architecture, students are investigating the use of prefabricated timber and straw wall panels for mainstream house construction. Straw, like timber, has the ability to sequester carbon and therefore to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. A one third scale model of a small habitable structure, Straw into Gold shows the possibilities of this construction method and opens up discussions about local circular economies, community empowerment, and the need for a holistic approach to architecture that acknowledges the idea that resources matter.


Date and Time
Exhibition open Saturday 21 September – Saturday 28 September 2019
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 21 Sept 11:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 28 Sept 10:00am – 1:00pm
Closed Sunday 22 Sept

Warren and Mahoney ‘Laneway’
139 Pakenham Street West
Wynyard Quarter

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