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  2018 winners

Thirty top architecture, engineering and construction management students, one brief and just three days to design a Wellington-centric housing complex for all generations.

These were the ingredients for the ArchEngBuild 2018 Challenge held at Victoria University of Wellington between 4-6 July, and the result was some truly future-thinking medium-density housing designs for the capital city.

Now in its seventh year, ArchEngBuild brings together final year architecture design, engineering and construction students from all over the country to work collaboratively on a simulated client brief. The Challenge provides students with a real-life workplace scenario and, in most cases, will be the first time they have worked with another discipline. Each team of three is supported by industry mentors.

This year's challenge was to design a multi-generational Medium-Density Housing (MDH) community complex. MDH is key to finding solutions to the current housing shortage and, despite cohabitation with extended family being on the rise, there are few purpose-built options.

The winning team Monica Varrie (Unitec - Construction Manager), Liam Crawford (AUT - Architectural Engineer) and Georgia Peacocke (Victoria University of Wellington - Architect) created the stunning and innovative Tupu - an adaptable living community.

Tupu uses a modular concept that can be duplicated for consistency of materials and installation yet is adaptable to cater to the needs of different size and shape households over time. The primary aim of the design is to provide an affordable housing alternative that is cost effective to run, maintain and build so the end user can maximise their rental/purchase dollar.

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Left to Right: Chelydra Percy, BRANZ CEO, the winning team Monica Varrie (Unitec - Construction Manager), Liam Crawford (AUT - Architectural Engineer) and Georgia Peacocke (Victoria University of Wellington - Architect) and Hon. Jenny Salesa Minister of Building and Construction   The winning design Tupu - an adaptable living community.