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Building it together: Ōtākaro Orchard

18 April 2018

The team behind Ōtākaro Orchard are inviting people to join them in an eight-week Adobe brick making “sprint”.

The bricks are needed for Christchurch’s first ever commercial earth building, says Ōtākaro Orchard project manager Peter Wells.

The innovative building is planned for a central city site that is becoming New Zealand's first urban food hub, where people will be able to grow and share food, enjoy cafe cuisine and learn about the city’s sustainable local food system.

“We are now at an exciting phase of the project where the community can help shape the architecture of the local food information centre and café,” says Wells.

“We need 4000 bricks to complete this piece of the building.”

Ōtākaro Orchard is offering three-hour brick making workshops every Saturday and Sunday until June 3, where professional Adobe makers will guide people through a hands-on process.

Adobe is a building material made from earth and other organic materials.

The urban food hub is located in the heart of the Avon River Precinct between the Christchurch Town Hall and the Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

Find out more about the Adobe brick making workshops here.

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