Tai Wananga

Innovation, Technology and Discovery Reflected in Learning Environment

Tai Wananga
Tai Wananga
Tai Wananga
Tai Wananga

Project Credits

Client

AgResearch

Date Completed

2012

Sector

Learning Environments

Awards

2012 NZIA Awards
// Waikato, Bay of Plenty
// Education

2012 NZIA Awards
// Waikato, Bay of Plenty
// Sustainability

Project Lead

Arthur Joe

Design Team
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Working to a fast track design and procurement strategy, Chow:Hill converted an under utilised laboratory complex into an innovative teaching and learning environment for Tai Wananga.

Hamilton’s Ruakura suburb is known for its Innovation Park, a hub of entrepreneurial and R&D enterprises. It makes it a fitting location for the technology-driven and innovation-inspired secondary school,Tai Wananga.

Catering mainly to Māori pupils, with a strong emphasis on individualised tailored learning, Chow:Hill’s was briefed with converting an under-utilised laboratory complex into a fully functional school, complete with teaching, dining and conference spaces. Key features of the learning environment were to include a focus on technology, innovation and discovery, with academic studies being supported by a robust health and wellbeing programme.

In addition to delivering on Tai Wananga campus guidelines, Chow:Hill also needed to provide an economic solution for landlord, AgResearch to deliver a commercial return on investment. Existing building fabric was utilised to meet budget restraints, while achieving a large, open plan, flexible ‘office’ area to accommodation up to 120 students in an arrangement of spaces.

Internal partitions and ceilings were removed to expose steel trusses while large windows were designed to maximise daylight penetration and allow for natural ventilation. The school’s new lobby provided a focused entranceway with exterior landscaping encouraging a welcoming ambience.

The overall design aesthetic is one of vibrancy and success and reflects the school’s emphasis on innovation, technology and discover, while recognising the 100+ year history and character of the site’s neighbouring research facilities.

Tai Wananga

Project Overview

Client

AgResearch

Status

2012

Working to a fast track design and procurement strategy, Chow:Hill converted an under utilised laboratory complex into an innovative teaching and learning environment for Tai Wananga.

Hamilton’s Ruakura suburb is known for its Innovation Park, a hub of entrepreneurial and R&D enterprises. It makes it a fitting location for the technology-driven and innovation-inspired secondary school,Tai Wananga.

Catering mainly to Māori pupils, with a strong emphasis on individualised tailored learning, Chow:Hill’s was briefed with converting an under-utilised laboratory complex into a fully functional school, complete with teaching, dining and conference spaces. Key features of the learning environment were to include a focus on technology, innovation and discovery, with academic studies being supported by a robust health and wellbeing programme.

In addition to delivering on Tai Wananga campus guidelines, Chow:Hill also needed to provide an economic solution for landlord, AgResearch to deliver a commercial return on investment. Existing building fabric was utilised to meet budget restraints, while achieving a large, open plan, flexible ‘office’ area to accommodation up to 120 students in an arrangement of spaces.

Internal partitions and ceilings were removed to expose steel trusses while large windows were designed to maximise daylight penetration and allow for natural ventilation. The school’s new lobby provided a focused entranceway with exterior landscaping encouraging a welcoming ambience.

The overall design aesthetic is one of vibrancy and success and reflects the school’s emphasis on innovation, technology and discover, while recognising the 100+ year history and character of the site’s neighbouring research facilities.

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Tai Wananga

Project Credits

Client

Tai Wananga

Status

In Progress

Project Type

Learning Environments

Awards

2012 NZIA Awards
// Waikato, Bay of Plenty
// Education

2012 NZIA Awards
// Waikato, Bay of Plenty
// Sustainability

 

Project Lead

Arthur Joe

Design Team
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