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First light house for sale as the boat sails

Jun 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

THE uni student builders of the Meridian First Light house are taking a punt on its popularity by auctioning it this week.

More than 22,000 people visited the house, pictured right, when it was on display in May at Frank Kitts, but co-designer Nick Officer is not predicting a sale price.

“We are really not sure how much the house will go for. We will have to wait and see on the night.”

The house is an entry in the United States Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

It was always meant to be sold, but only after the competition, says Sophie Prebble, one of the Meridian First Light team members from Victoria University’s School of Architecture.

“The public exhibit on Frank Kitts Park was such a success and we had a lot of interest in the house so the University decided now was as good a time as any,” says Ms Prebble.

All proceeds of the sale will go back into the project and help the team get to Washington and back.

The auction will start at 6:30pm at the Harcourts Wellington city office in Cambridge Tce and there will be speeches by the First Light Team.

Mr Officer and the other designers and builders of the bach will be reunited with the bach in the Washington later this year.

“A team of 24 students will travel to the US to compete along with 7 VUW staff,” he says.

“Our numbers will be bolstered by a group of 12 from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario who will come to help with the assembly and disassembly of the house.”

The house will be shipped back to New Zealand after the competition where it will go straight to the new owner who will then assemble it.

 

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