Mt Cook School
Our brief was to create a new multi-purpose hall for school and community use, and a building which responded to both the ethos and 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. A building to engage with the street and local community was also a vital requirement.
The architectural challenge was to design a multiuse facility which would not only function as a school hall but also as a community centre, gymnasium and performing arts venue for school productions, and be constructed within a modest and challenging budget.
The new building is located adjacent to the main entrance on the south eastern corner of the campus facing the Tory Street frontage to maximize community exposure. Our design response creates a building that is instantly recognisable from the street. The design embodies a metal clad box rising from the ground with quirky angles to break the mould and typology of the traditional school hall.
Mt Cook School required a building with a point of difference and one which would be empathetic with existing school buildings and other neighbouring properties within the Te Aro precinct. Their expectations were exceeded.
- NZIA Wellington Architecture Award (Commercial Architecture, 2011)