LiVS Office

70 Kilmore St

The LIVS office is a demonstration of the ability of novice and skilled labour coming together to create a durable structure from earthquake salvaged materials.

Supported by:

Steel & Tube, Dulux, Pumphouse, Silver Service Skips, Musgroves, Heras Fencing, Armourguard, Pomeroy's, Build Fern, and volunteers too numerous to mention


It's the spirit of LiVS - the structure enlivens the city in a playful and experimental way.

- Clare Williamson, Architect

About this project

The LiVS office is a transportable, environmentally-friendly, off grid structure and an innovative take on sub-consent architecture.

SHAC teamed up with traveling architect/engineer Clare Williamson and Oscar Baldry to design and build a temporary structure for Life in Vacant Spaces (LiVS) Charitable Trust.  Clare and Oscar were inspired to visit Christchurch after hearing about SHAC's work at an Architecture symposium in 2012.  They took up part time professional work and donated their free time to gain more experience in the building process and to explore the possibilities of reusing demolition material.  The building is a demonstration of the ability of novice and skilled labour coming together to create a durable structure from earthquake salvaged materials.  Ultimately the structure is intended to capture the spirit of LiVS by enlivening Christchurch’s increasing number of vacant spaces in a playful and experimental way.

Special thanks to project leads Oscar Baldry and Clare Williamson, Greening the Rubble, Sustainable Habitat Challenge (SHAC), Rekindle, Volunteer Army Foundation, Temple for Christchurch, and Gap Filler

LiVS role:

Project owner, site access, utilities connection


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