“… A Christchurch house built in just 14 weeks was a direct response to the 2011 quakes – able to withstand movement, and small and flexible enough to be able to be shifted to another site, on the back of a truck, if necessary.
Dubbed the Black Hut, the 97 square metre home was constructed on a long, narrow site in Merivale, owned by Carolyn Hughes and Sandie O’Brien. Elevated 600 mm off the ground in case of flooding or liquefaction, it was clad in timber and lined with ply, with a timber foundation, in case they decided to shift it down the track.
In fact, says architectural designer Fiona MacPherson, the house was built on a temporary building permit of five years, so that if the owners decide to move it on, they can easily shift the structure to a new location. It was intentionally built at 4.8m high – the maximum height allowable to transport a building on a truck.”