Richard Sellars of Nelson-based Continuum Architecture Ltd is the winner of Southern Response's architectural design competition for The Cantabrian home, organised in conjunction with the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

The Cantabrian has been specifically designed for rebuilding on TC3 sites and could
become as characteristic of Canterbury as the Queenslander is of Queensland.  Southern Response will promote The Cantabrian design with its customers and its panel of builders for future rebuilds in Canterbury.

Forty-seven entries were received from architects from all over New Zealand.  They were responding to a challenge to members of the New Zealand Institute of Architects to design the next generation of housing in Canterbury, with particular regard to the challenges of TC3 land zones and future performance in earthquakes.  The competition brief was based on Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment (formerly Department of Building and Housing) TC3 guidelines on shape, lighter construction materials and sustainability.

"Southern Response is proud to be able to share these creative and inspiring designs with all Cantabrians.  They demonstrate what can be achieved when rebuilding homes on TC3 land in the city," said Peter Rose, Chief Executive of Southern Response.  "Our congratulations go to all of the entrants."

David Hill, Chair of the Canterbury branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, welcomed the opportunity to be involved in "providing a legacy of post earthquake exemplar houses on TC3 land.  We are thrilled to be part of this legacy and are looking forward to seeing the designs being constructed and occupied," he said.

Richard Sellars, the winning architect, said: "I was inspired to enter the competition because I believe that every house, no matter how small the budget or footprint, should be well-designed and placed carefully on the land.  This competition provided me with the opportunity to design a warm, comfortable, light-filled home for the people of my home town. We have a wonderful chance to ensure the same amount of careful thought and cooperative planning goes into the design of our neighbourhoods as goes into our important
civic spaces."