The project brief required quality and enduring design solutions that reflected HIBS values and special character. Key considerations of long term flexibility, changing learning methods and access to information technology for all students and teachers alike resulted in a well considered and thoroughly modern building that will continue to meet its occupants' needs well into the future of the school.
The new M Block complements existing Administration and Auditorium blocks, also designed by DGSE.
The School of Construction provides students with the opportunity to learn by building entire house lots. The brief called for a particular look for the main building located on a difficult site. The response produced simple steel clad forms which reflect the containers used by the house building crews adjacent to the main building.
Ngaio School had grown since the early 20th Century from a single building school to a collection of interconnected buildings across a sloping site. The central, two storey section of the B Block was replaced with a two storey teaching block based on Innovative Learning Environment principles.
A new single storey, 6 classroom Modern Learning Environment block replaces existing relocatable classroom buildings while complementing and blending with established landscape connections throughout the site. This block includes additional teacher resource rooms. Its lightweight, durable and sustainable construction ensures longevity while minimising maintenance costs.
The new multi-purpose hall for school and community use engages with the street and responds to the spirit of a vibrant, funky, modern and forward thinking school which caters for a wide diversity of families and children located on an inner city campus site. The contemporary design breaks the mould of the traditional school hall.
The design, which embodies best practice in tertiary educational planning, creates a state of the art and much awaited tertiary campus in the heart of Whanganui’s City Heritage Precinct.
This multi-functional Auditorium accommodates school assemblies, drama productions, social functions and a Chapel connected by three building elements – an auditorium box, a double height entry and function space and a chapel ‘drum’. Random thin slot windows that echo school ” House” colours are embedded in precast concrete panels that define the main auditorium space.
The design creates a campus entry and identity through the creation of a "social heart" where students and teachers can mingle and interact.