The project is New Zealand’s largest-ever public school rebuild and deservedly won Jasmax the 2020 NZIA Auckland Architecture Award for the Education category.
The campus is centred around The Ken Havill Learning Centre (named after a former principal) which is organised around a three-storey atrium, that features open-plan learning areas linking to enclosed spaces such as meeting pods, presentation rooms, resource and teacher workspaces. The building now houses 80% of all teaching and learning activities under the one roof.
The school is designed to encourage new methods of individual and group-based learning. With screens, whiteboards and furniture all mobile, and learning spaces of different sizes or arrangements able to be configured as needed.
Potter Interior Systems supplied 50 Unity whiteboards; a modern adaption on a mobile whiteboard that is far more robust and sleek than traditional in varying bright colours.
Acoustic experts, WSP Opus were involved with the acoustic considerations, as these were a key design concern with the open-plan learning spaces and large levels of students in one space.
Ceiling panels can play a large role in treating the acoustics, with three various panels selected for sound optimisation of specific spaces and how they are used by students.
Three panels from the AMF range, the AMF Thermatex Acoustic, AMF Thermatex Alpha HD35 and AMF Thermatex Thermofon, were used extensively throughout including in the high open atrium space, and gym areas. The AMF range has the same white fleece facing to ensure consistency across the project that enables each area to be acoustically treated optimally within the Rondo Donn suspended grid.
All of Potter's AMF Thermatex Acoustic Range carries the Declare label and are Red List free giving confidence that these products are non-toxic and safe and maintain GreenTag’s GreenRate Level A certification. Level A products achieve a ‘Sustainability factor’ of 100% in the Green Star rating tools’ sustainable products credits ensuring healthy and ethically sourced products are used.
Architect: Jasmax Design
Ceiling installer: Shore Ceilings
Acoustic Engineer: WSP Opus
Photography: Dennis Radermacher
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