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First Light House - The New Zealand Solar Decathlon entry 2011

As an alumni and architecture fan I’m excited that Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand’s capital city, has been selected as one of 20 university teams to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 – the only entry, ever, from the southern hemisphere.



The First Light house channels the essence of the iconic “Kiwi bach” – a focus on recreation, socialisation, and outdoor living. As primarily a summer destination, life at the bach takes place as much outside, on large decks and patios, as it does inside. Our house brings these ideals of bach life into a contemporary setting, providing a permanent residence where recreation and social activities are united with environmentally sound technologies.

Here are a couple of videos and pics highlighting this impressive project. And what a kick start to practice your career this way!
More available at  http://firstlighthouse.ac.nz




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Follow along with their progress here:

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Almost all of the New Zealand lighthouses are closed to the public. The grounds are in some cases open. Others where noted, are opened and run by preservation groups.
Anonymous said…
Here's another one...

http://www.markmack.com/#/en/Residential/

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