Tour E2 - Saint Kentigern College Arts and Technology Building

Contact Details

Tour Departs at 1.15pm

Saint Kentigern College

130 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga 

Venue Overview

Warren and Mahoney won a limited design competition at Saint Kentigern College for an Arts and Technology complex that incorporates teaching resources into a purpose made building, designed to both complement and extend the existing school context.

The new building is part of the master plan for development (also developed by Warren and Mahoney) which incorporates a new girls school, extensions to science teaching facilities, a new administration building and a complete landscape plan. The new facility has been designed with environmental sustainability as a core client focus.

The site is located on the Northern fringe of the campus, possessing a dramatic relationship with the Tamaki River and the generous open space of the College's fields and river frontage. It is in this location as well that the collegiate structure of the original College gives way to open space.

Part of the design context of this project was also the College's organisational and cultural evolution as girls have been introduced to the school, and as changes in the curriculum required new facilities. In both these ways - location in space and time – the project's context is one of transition.

The building's composition in structure, form, and materiality respond to the transitional nature of its context, setting up connections to the earlier geometry, whilst at the same time opening out. Two simple forms both serve and are expressive of each curriculum section, with the atrium space between creating much-needed common ground and shelter for display, casual interaction, and events.

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This page last updated: Tuesday 19 March 2013