Tour C2 - The University of Auckland School of Engineering

Contact Details

Tour Departs at 1.30pm

The University of Auckland School of Engineering

20 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Venue Overview

The Atrium / Theatre & Library projects are the first significant developments to be undertaken on the original School of Engineering complex in over 40 years.


In effect, these new facilities, which are inserted in and around the existing group of building blocks, have transformed what was a very compartmentalised, utilitarian and austere environment into an open and integrated complex.


The Atrium / Theatre facilities provide a new 250 seat lecture theatre and an infill structure between two building blocks creating an Atrium space which provides a ‘social heart’ for the School. The facilities also incorporate casual study areas, computer laboratories, new toilets, common room with catered kitchen facilities, and foyer ‘crush’ space to the existing lecture theatres.


An upgraded main entrance connected to covered pedestrian walkways between the adjacent School of Architecture and the Student Amenities Building across Symonds Street facilitates linkages between the School of Engineering and the wider university campus precinct.


The Engineering School Library, located adjacent to the Atrium, involves the retrofit of existing floor space over two floors, virtually doubling the size of the library facilities. The expanded library facilities also incorporate a new Student Centre, group study areas, and a new facade treatment which transforms the internal environment of the old library into one which engages with the public realm.

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This page last updated: Tuesday 12 March 2013