Watch: Charity playhouses take shape

Futuristic, classic or quirky – three unique and very different playhouses are taking shape, all in aid of charity.

The playhouses are being designed and built by three teams of Canterbury architects and builders, and are set to be auctioned at the Star Home & Leisure Show in less than three weeks.

The money raised will go to charities – Birthright Canterbury, which supports single parent families in need, and Tenants Protection Association Christchurch, which works to protect and support tenants.

Tenants Protection Association manager Di Harwood said the Playhouse Challenge was a perfect fit for both charities.

FUTURISTIC: This design from Irving Builders has angled walls and a central pipe with holes that can be used for climbing.

“Housing is an important issue for clients of both organisations and demand for advice and support has remained high ever since the first Canterbury earthquakes,” she said.

Birthright Canterbury manager Rhodora Sagles said the playhouses were “real statement pieces” and she could see them suiting businesses, pre-schools or private backyards.

The teams creating the playhouses are Fusion Homes with Scratch Architecture; Irving Builders with PXA Architects; and Pound Road Trading.

CLASSIC DESIGN: The playhouse from Pound Rd Trading features bay windows and stable doors, which can be latched from the inside.

Star Media is the major sponsor of the Playhouse Challenge, which is also being supported by Priority Communications, Wyma Engineering, Resene, Robertson Creative, and Dave Richards Photography.

Star Media general manager Steve McCaughan said it was a worthy cause.

“We are big supporters of Birthright Canterbury and Tenants Protection Association, who have been looking after Canterbury people for many many years.”

The playhouses would also be something special, he said.

“They will be judged on their architectural design and construction, as well as how much fun they are for kids,” he said.

QUIRKY: Fusion Homes’ playhouse design combines solid construction, foam insulation for warmth and vibrant colours.

The Playhouse Challenge was inspired by Australia’s popular Cubby House Challenge, which this year raised well over $100,000 for the charity ‘Kids Under Cover’.

The judges will include Birthright Canterbury chair Jane Lancaster, Tenants Protection Association board member Robin Tinga, architect John McGrail from Dalman Architects and early childhood educator Blanche Head.

To stay up-to-date on the Canterbury playhouses, you can like the ‘2017 Playhouse Challenge’ page on Facebook or follow ‘Playhouse Challenge’ on Instagram.

•The 2017 Star Home & Leisure Show will be held at Horncastle Arena from Friday, June 30, to Sunday, July 2. The playhouses will be auctioned at the show on Saturday.

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