These are a selection of the 398 objects made from the material of this one home : 
Cocoon diagram and one end-01
The Cocoon by Nic Moon, Lyn Russell & David Wakeling. The Cocoon is a prototype for a 10 metre square building made almost entirely from salvaged materials.  The Cocoon is transformative: it can open up, expand and become a studio or workshop. Later, it can become a place of stillness and retreat by re-cocooning inwards.
This will be artist Nic Moon's studio in Nelson. Please click this image to see more about Nic's work.Cocoon interior. This will be artist Nic Moon’s studio in Nelson. Please click this image to see more about Nic’s work.
cocoon photo 2The Cocoon at Canterbury Museum. Building plans are available via
042 Dolls-Junk house
Junk House by Emma Byrne.  A loving testament to the children that resided at 19 Admirals Way, this dolls’ house uses the imagination to bring objects from the adult world to life. Circuit breakers, plastic fittings, electrical wire and wooden offcuts have been transformed into rooms with hidden treasures. Please click on this image for Emma’s facebook page.
021 Drawers set with 5 drawers only for sale
Drawers by Annelies Zwaan. She chose to work with materials that would usually serve a very different purpose within a house. Each set of drawers has been clad in match lining from the interior walls of the house, while the handles have been cut from roof flashing and bent into shape over a paint tin. Please click on this image to go to Annelies’s website.
025 Door Chair
Door Chair by Tim McGurk. Tim’s intention was to see how you could fold up a door to create another shape, much like origami. The resulting work is a unique take on a lecture chair. The only added materials are for structural support, doubling as a bookshelf under the arm of the chair. Please click on this image to go to Tim’s facebook page.
 2014-01-25 12.58.19Raised Garden Beds being built out of bored flooring sections at Agropolis Urban Farm. Made by volunteers including Douglas Horrell, Chris Reddington, Adrian Taylor, Camille Coux, Maud Bernard Verdier, Gaby Montejo, Netta Egoz, Jessica Halliday, Johnny Moore, Juliet Hamill, Bailey Peryman, Kyle, Jen and more Agropolis volunteers. The Agropolis project experiments with growing food in an urban setting and utilises innovative resources and materials to combat the challenges of growing in a demolition zone. Please click on this image to learn more about the wonderful initiative Agropolis is in Christchurch.
029 Trombone
Trombone by Tim McGurk. Tim was inspired by a teacher who fashioned musical instruments from discarded sections of PVC pipe. This experimental trombone incorporates rimu ply which forms the basic instrument along with copper piping, copper wiring and PVC pipe. Please click on this image to go to Tim’s facebook page.
130b Lath Dining Chairs all
Lath Dining Chairs by Tim McGurk and his grand-father Trudo Wylaars. These dining chairs exploit the geometry of lath, which was used extensively in older New Zealand houses. These narrow strips of wood hidden beneath plaster were nailed horizontally across wall studs or ceiling joists. This chair was an attempt to use this material efficiently in bulk and resulted in this clean, angular design. Please click on this image for Tim’s facebook page.
072b Toy box
Child’s Toy Box by Tony Clark. The outside of the box shows the natural beauty of timber, while the inside reflects its origins from inside the laundry cupboard. Hidden catches release the lid and drawers. This project is designed to be a child’s collecting or toy box. It is made from cable, architrave, shelf-boards, slats, match-lining, magnet letters & numbers, hardboard. Please click on this image for Tony’s website.
083 Large Coffee Table
Large Coffee Table by Kilmarnock Enterprises: including Lyall Sinclair, Cory Perrin, Brent Grenfell, Terry Hewitt, Alfredo Fuenzalida, Bradley Holt. Kilmarnock Enterprise’s woodwork department wanted to prove just how easily old wood and piping can be transformed into stylish, usable and elegant furniture that would look right at home in the modern apartments of the new central city. The team challenged themselves to transform rough and old into simple, modern and clean. Please click on the image for the Kilmarnock Enterprises website.
084 Wooden Cars
Wooden Cars by Kilmarnock Enterprises: including Lyall Sinclair, Cory Perrin, Brent Grenfell, Terry Hewitt, Alfredo Fuenzalida, Bradley Holt. If walls could talk, they would have a lot to teach us. With this in mind, Kilmarnock Enterprise’s team set out to make something enriching and educational out of the beams of a house that has been home to many children. These cars are a way of capturing the childhoods of the boys who have lived at 19 Admirals Way. Please click on this image for the Kilmarnock Enterprises website.
051 birdhouses
Birdhouses by Kirsten Wilson. These three birdhouses are made from interior timber fittings plus odd bits from the house. Two can be hung from tree branches, while the third can be mounted. Two of the birdhouses have removable bases for nesting material. They are oiled for weatherproofing but they will naturally deteriorate over several years.
047 c Mieke Roy jewelery
Necklaces by Mieke Roy. This jewellery celebrates the beauty and nostalgia embedded in the materials that made up this family home. These pieces were designed and made through hands-on play and experimentation with the chosen materials: native timber weatherboards, wall lining, weatherboard stops (corner pieces), wallpapers and hardboard. Please click on this image for Mieke’s facebook page.
065 Frame Chair
Frame Chair by Mike Hindmarsh. A place to relax and unwind, this chair is a mix of highly finished body-contact areas and raw unfinished frame timber, in a tribute to the material’s original purpose. The plumb and level elements of the design – seat and back – are a nod to the timber’s original use in the frame of the house. Please click on this image for Mike’s website.
076f leadlight tapas
Glassware by Frances Woodhead. Previously from Nelson and now working with recycled glass in the Isle of Tiree in Scotland, Frances wanted to contribute to the Whole House Reuse project back in her home country. Sections of glass from broken windows were carefully packaged and sent to her by post. Using processes of fusing and slumping in the kiln, the glass was used to create delicate as well as robust functional items. Some of the designs were inspired by the leadlight windows of 19 Admirals Way. Frances made sure she used every piece of glass sent to her – the last pieces were used to make star decorations for a Christmas tree or window. Please click on this image for Frances’s website.
149 Klaus tops
‘Doing Another Turn’ Spinning Tops by Klaus Rachuy. The tops have become to Klaus a metaphor for ‘doing another turn’ or another year, and Klaus feels that they help keep the spark of childhood alive. Nails from the house are embedded in the wood and help keep the top delicately balanced.
057 wall cabinet Courtney
Rimu Cabinet by Natasha Courtney. This cabinet was made from rimu, using dovetail joints which have been rounded to create a soft shape. The sliding doors run on individual grooves, allowing them to glide past each other. With a shellac and beeswax finish, the high standard of this piece of furniture shows respect to the materials used in the home. Please click on this image for Natasha’s facebook page.
112 Couch
Uncomfortable Couch by Oscar Ericsson. The frame of this couch is made from what used to be the inner walls of the house. It was then covered with was roof sarking. It’s one of the most uncomfortable couches around, great for the staff room or if you want your guests to leave early.
078 S Berger Nut Bowls
Rimu Nut Bowl with Rimu Scoop by Soren Berger. With 35 years of professional woodturning experience, a love for pre-used and rescued timbers and with his studio located only a few blocks from Admirals Way, Soren relished the opportunity to make a work for the project. These nut bowls with scoops allow the user to experience both the highly refined beauty of the turned timber and the story of the material’s former life.
Puppet Theatre by Stuart Lloyd-Harris. The shower cubicle was a rather puzzling bulky item for reuse. What could it become: a phone box, a changing room? The idea formed that it could be used to entertain and enthrall, by turning it into a puppet theatre. Free Theatre’s designer, Stuart Lloyd-Harris, took on the task of its transformation. He created a platform to showcase the range of puppets joyfully assembled for the project. Please click on this image for the Free Theatre website.
060 Table David Haig
Dining table by David Haig. When David started working with the wall framing studs from the home, he discovered that the lath and plaster had left a ghostly ladder-pattern. Rather than planing all the surfaces back to bare wood, he incorporated a few into the table to maintain a connection with the wood’s source. Please click on this image for David’s website.
010 Clark House Music
House Music by Clark Bardsley. Clark wanted to experiment with materials and shapes to create fun, light-hearted objects. To make the drums, he carefully cut a chimney flue to exploit the differences in diameter, length and shape. This resulted in a variety of tones. These drums keep the memory of the house alive and create something new: music. Please click on this image for Clark’s website.
009 Chess
Chess by Centuri Chan. This chess set represents the contrast between old and new. The black pieces and black squares on the board have a rough, unrefined look and are made from black builders paper and resin. The white elements were cut and shaped from PVC downpipes, then cleaned and polished to represent the repurposing of the house’s resources. Please click on this image for Centuri’s website.
041 End Stacks
End Stack Stools by Emma Byrne. The challenge of finding a uniform way to respond to leftover pieces of timber and to turn them into something solid and sturdy has resulted in the End Stacks. Remnant timbers were sandwiched together and presented end on. This way, they became strong and functional, while remaining as basic and simple as possible. Please click on this image for Emma’s facebook page.
001 Chaise Lounge
Chaise Lounge by Guy Hooker. This relaxing recliner chair was developed to exploit the beauty within the timbers of the house. The laminated beams create organic curves from formerly straight rafters. The seat slats have been transformed from tired and weathered to highly-polished. Each rusted and bent nail was restored to shining, straight and functional. Please click on this image for Guy’s website.
Role Reversal Lamps by Hamish Southcott. These lamps reverse the roles that we typically associate with housing piles and timber: here the rimu timber supports the pile that forms the lampshade. Hamish was attracted to the form of these piles and wanted them to be seen in a new light. Sustainability is crucial, so energy efficient, long-lasting LED lights have been used. Please click on this image for Hamish’s website.
002 Side table offcuts
Offcuts of Offcuts Side Table by Guy Hooker. This table puts to use all the test timber, steam-bending experiments, end cuts and leftovers from Guy’s chaise lounge. Guy always sees possibilities in discarded shapes and broken pieces, so he couldn’t resist finding a solution for his own offcuts. Please click on this image for Guy’s website.
Screen-printed Lino Cupboard by Heaton Normal Intermediate School (Monty Brown). Here, beautiful but paint-stained lino was cleaned up and attached to the front of a broken cupboard. This simple act of care and attention illustrates how easily value can be restored or added to an item that could have easily been discarded, transforming it back to an object with meaning and function.
138b Chopsticks and rest
Chopsticks and rest by Steven Park. Each chopstick has been individually planed and hand-sanded from both rimu and totara. The accompanying rests have been cut and hand-sanded to match the chopsticks. Please click this image to see Steven’s other work.
068 Woodtype Set
Wood Type Set by Russell Frost. Originally from the Tasman region, Russell now resides in East London, so this piece of 19 Admirals Way has had a long journey. Type from end-grain wood was commonplace in the print industry until the 1980s. Today, wooden type is difficult to acquire and most wood type in New Zealand is from England or America. This is Russell’s first attempt at making wooden type. Side-grain rimu is a difficult timber to work with and his knife required constant sharpening. Please click the image to see Russell’s other work.
035 Brian Flintoff Porutu
Porutu by Brian Flintoff. The pōrutu is a flute from the family of Raukatauri (who is the goddess of music) and is similar to a kōauau (a small flute), only longer. The flute can be overblown, lifting its pitch and giving it a second register. The three finger holes are represented as Māui Mua (Māui the Firstborn), Māui Roto (Māui of the Inside) and Māui Taha (Māui of the Side). Please click this image to see more about Brian’s work.

And there are many more works to come, we are loading more up every day…

The reuse of the house involved at least 284 participants :

Guy Hooker, Mitchell Coll, Jeremy Leeming, Hamish Southcott, Centuri Chan, Clark Bardsley, Trudi Cameron, Paul Dyer, Greg Dyer, Dallas Matoe, Tim Brown, Hannah Kidd, Tom Johns, Annelies Zwaan, Tim McGurk, Juliet Arnott, John Church, Brian Flintoff, David Trubridge, Marion Courtille, Mathilde Polmard, Mat Stott, Emma Byrne, Cally O’Niell, Rebeka Whale, Anne Marie (Maz) Rohan Wakefield, Nanz Nair, Teddy Taptiklis, Julian Apatu, Charmaine Meyers, Ashley Goodwin, Thomas Baker, Mieke Roy, Juliet Cooke, Nic Moon, Lyn Russell, David Wakeling, Joe Hay, Kirsten Wilson, Patrick Fitzgerald, Sarah Wigley, Natasha Courtney, David Haig, Sara Black, Charles Roderick, Raewyn Martyn, Selena Wilkinson, Jane Foreman, Quinn Koeneman, Tessa Elbettar, Kayla Ginsburg, Cleo van der Veen, Addison Nace, Hannah Craig, Elaine Bell, Sylvia Newman, Avigail Najjar, Grace Ryder, Cameron Ralston, Sean Bosman, Natalie Kittow, Vanessa Preston, Mike Hindmarsh, Justine Fletcher, Leah Kyllo, Alex Davies, Reece Julian, Bernard Farrant, Dennis Chippindale, Russell Frost, Jacqui McCracken, Tonya Sweet, Tony Clark, Luke Sole, Nina Brown, Frances Woodhead, Ray Morgan, Soren Berger, Bruce and Celia Irvine, Katie Smith, Caroline and Simon Curtis, Lyall Sinclair, Cory Perrin, Brent Grenfell, Terry Hewitt, Alfredo Fuenzalida, Bradley Holt, Geoff Korver, Rory Young, Stuart Lloyd-Harris, Hamish Campbell, Richard Sewell, Selena Wilkinson, Jane Foreman, Tom Johns, Dave de Castro, Richard Clayton, Reuben Derrick, Mark Colbourne, Francesca Bradley, Natalia Fuentes, Javiera Fuentes, Catalina Fuentes, Jonathan Dix, Annelies Zwaan, Ryan, Phoebe, Sally Carlton, Michaela Kingi, Angel Lee, Katrina McDonald, Cheyenne Thompson, Haley Taylor, Elliot, Felix, Oliver, Julia Christie, Dave Branton, Naima Derrick, Ryen Shirrefs, Lilly Shirrefs, Anna Nolan, Kate Nolan, Aysia Winter-Perry, Kahlia, Eliza Agnew, Pieta Aorangi, Jasper Aorangi, Dorien Coray, Dante Aorangi, Kan Fujimoto, Tora Fujimoto, Sophie Rademacher, Helen Moore, Lauri Lee In-Jung Shore, Georgina Tarren-Sweeney, Jason Mill, Denise Mill, Lola Mill, Nina Mill, Maisy Mier, Ida Van Kan, Lea Rademacher, Helga Kolbatz, Wally Catton, Elysia Avery, Thea and Claire Baker, Beth Arona, Lisa Arona, Sahara Denston-Southcott, Willow Denston-Southcott, Mary McIntyre, Greta Bond, Gijs Ochsendorf, Marian McCurdy, Andrew Clarke, Micael Doljnikoff, Emma Johnston, Stuart Lloyd Harris, George Parker, Lakiesha, Rylee, Zach, Brodie, Reuben, Dylan, Robert, Caprice, Alex, Quinn, Sienna, Max, Riley, Violet, Summer, Paige, Kerrin, Alani, Breanna, Savannah, Phoenix, Wiremu, Candice, Kiani, Arona, Dahlisha, Yossi, McKenzie, Shyanne, Staff of Te Tapuae o Rēhua and students of CPIT Carpentry Trade Training Programme, Caroline Shi, Ella Kortegast, Piper Pengelly, Franki Tellick, Dawon Park, Brydie Washington, Sophie Bailey, Ben Baillee-Gee, Lucas Leighs, Finley Keating, Liam Keating, Lu Miln, Akiko Sasanuma, Fiona Taylor, Adam Moore, Georgia Thompson, Fiona Taylor, Susie Gee, Chris Gee, Bob Tellick, Dave Gardiner, Monty Brown, Douglas Horrell, Chris Reddington, Adrian Taylor, Camille Coux, Maud Bernard Verdier, Gaby Montejo, Netta Egoz, Jessica Halliday, Johnny Moore, Juliet Hamill, Bailey Peryman, Kyle, Jen and other Agropolis volunteers, Noel Graham, Mike Foster, Georgina Tarren-Sweeney, Justine and Paul de Spa, Willow Denston-Southcott, Sahara Denston-Southcott, Oscar Ericcson, Richard Lorgelly, Rex Marshall, Donna Patterson, Gabriella Cresswell, Hannah Etherington, Aimee McMaster, Ella O’Donoghue, Meellta Lesinski, Ruby Matheson, Kate Taggart, Kathryn Ford, Isabella Gregory, Claire McSweeney, Jacqui Frizelle, Kate Rivers, Rosetta Brown, Jess Sewell, Mary McIntyre, Stewart Ross, Emma Johnson, Mark ‘Boycee’ Colbourne, Olly Powell, Sonia McManus, Greer Swinard, Felicity Gibson, Kerry Tunstall, Ryan van Herel, Fiona Burleigh, Matt Timings, Brian McGurk, Amy Mountney, Trudo Wylaars, Sarah Greig, Mackenzie Wylaars, Steven Park, Liam McGurk, Karen Wylaars, Ed Heyworth, Dave McTague, Klaus Rachuy and others as yet unnamed… please do tell us if your name is missing!

The reuse of the home was only made possible with additional support from:Screen shot 2016-01-26 at 11.29.15 AM

Juliet Arnott, Kate McIntyre, Emma Byrne, Tim McGurk, Annelies Zwaan, Steven Park, Jane Foreman, Selena Wilkinson, Canterbury Museum staff, Julian Vares, Ed Lust, John Irwin, Matthew Galloway, Jessica Wilson, George Chamlers, Nico Leitner, Guy Frederick, Chris Gardner, Morgan Ashworth, Graham Thompson (GT), Debrah Thompson (Debs), Lindsay King, Anton Cotter, John Fitzsimmons, Chris Towart (Rawdy), Julia Holderness, Caroline Nelson, Heather Hayward, Tessa Peach, Luke Sole, Guy Hooker, Greta Bond, Emma Johnston, George Parker, Hamish Southcott, Tom Johns, Babette Frank, Jacqui McCracken, Shaun McCracken, Centuri Chan, Will Stovell, Sam Dixon, Candice Adams, Sara Baird, Paul Dyer and Stefan Jackel, Reuben Williams, Chloe Geoghegan, Sam McIntyre, Gordon Kneale, Niko Mandl, Mel Oliver, Anna Pearson, Dave Stockman, Dan Gilmour, Zoe Gower-Jones, Jim Freakley, Amy Chapman-Taylor, Emma Patrick, Richard Sewell, Jules, Kat, Sophia and Anton, Dave McTague, Zoe Gosnell, Greg Quinn, John, Ting Powell, Tristan Gibson, Mike Van Kouwen, Keith Dodge, Aaron Raines, Jason Tutauha, Robert Meredith, Michael Crowe, David Dramodran, Laurence Berry, Steve Mackeral, Chris Ross, Ivan Grey, Dr Jessica Halliday, Professor John Storey, Humphrey Tait, Andy O’Neill, Ryan Carville, Chris Pickrill, Darren Patterson, Dairne Poole, Maria Wake, Tim Pow, Baden Ewart, Monique Deveraux, Roger Sutton, Frank MacDonald, Tracy Wills, Michelle Sharp, Islay Rackham, Kiri Jarden, Melanie Oliver, Louise Palmer, Hubert Klaassens, Tim Bishop, Brenna Sharp, Sadra Saffari, Jade Kake, Hikurangi Foundation, Matt Hampton, Emma Johnson, David Simpson, Kurt Maetzig, Mary McIntyre, Stewart Ross, Bruce McIntyre, Trent Hiles, James Bellamy, Cantabrian Society of Sonic Artists, Shane Orchard, Wayne Moody, City Gallery Wellington, Derrick Cherry, Jim Speers, George Fraser Gallery, Red Gallery, Jerome Partington, Daniel Charny and Superuse Studios.


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