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Home & Building, Volume 12 Number 6 (June-July 1950)

Okoroire War Veterans' Park Architectural Competition

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Okoroire War Veterans' Park Architectural Competition

Elevation of One of the Seven Similar Villas

Elevation of One of the Seven Similar Villas

The N.Z. Patriotic [unclear: Fu] Board and the Canteen Fund Board recently held a competition for the design of a war [unclear: veter] park at Okoroire, near Matamata. The [unclear: cometition] was open to all members of the N.Z.I.A., who had served in the 1st or 2nd World Wars As already announced in Home & Building the first prize was awarded to Mr. D. B. Roy, A.N.Z.I.A., and the second to Messrs. Gabites and Patience, AA.N.Z.I.A., all of Wellington

We reproduce here a few of the prize-winning drawings. On the left is the layout of Mr. Roy's scheme, with his [unclear: elevaons] (above) of the admin istration block and [unclear: (be] of one of the villas, a typical cottage and the superintendents' house. On the right is the [unclear: lay] by Messrs Gabites and Patience.

In their report, the [unclear: ssors] point out that the layout is of [unclear: paramount importance], as it involves economy of administration and all services such as drainage, water supply, electric light, heating etc., as well of course as the convenience and comfort of the residents, together with ease of management. They [unclear: udged] the layout and all the different buildings separately, giving marks to each out of the following:

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Elevation of Typical Cottage

Elevation of Typical Cottage

Elevation of Superintendent's House

Elevation of Superintendent's House

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The Governor-General, Sir Bernard Freyberg, V.C., presenting a cheque for the first prize to Mr. D. B. Roy, while he was a patient in Wellington Hospital.

The Governor-General, Sir Bernard Freyberg, V.C., presenting a cheque for the first prize to Mr. D. B. Roy, while he was a patient in Wellington Hospital.

Layout100
Villas75
Harmony of design50
Boiler house15
Poultry house & yard5 Administration building100
Village and houses75
Superintendents' residence15
Garage5

making a possible of 440 marks.

Considering layout, the assessors found that many of the designs submitted were too elaborate, some showing parks more appropriate to a city than to a rural district like Okoroire, others requiring the ultimate layout to be completed when the first buildings were erected. The design placed first avoided these faults. Its layout is simple and direct, thus most economical in maintenance, it, conforms with the level of the site and harmonizes with the surrounding country. The group of buildings should look complete at the first stage as well as when all the rest of the buildings have been added.

The position of the adminstration building, which is convenience to all the other buildings, influenced its planning.

In the winning design the villas have a central corridor with rooms on either side. This arrangement is economical in cost, management and convenience of residents and as they face east and west, each room gets the sun at some period of the day. Each villa has a very sunny lounge and a sunporch which gets the morning sun.

Regarding the model village, the superintendents' house and minor buildings, the assessors found that competitors generally reached a high standard in the planning of the individual buildings. However, siting of the buildings in relation to the scheme as a whole was in many cases not satisafctory and it was in this regard that Mr. Roy's design was most highly commended. Similarly, he was considered more successful in producing a scheme which,does not appear like an institution and in which all the buildings harmonise with each other and with the surrounding countryside.

The second prize winner was considered good in layout and in the siting of buildings but was considered to over-stress the development of the park land and to crowd the village. The presentation of this scheme was highly commended.