Auckland Grammar School Augusta Building
 

Auckland Grammar School Augusta Building

Client:
Auckland Grammar School

Location:
Auckland

Completion:
2015

Size:
1,500m2

Project Value:
$5m

Contact:
Patrick Clifford

The Augusta Building is located at the heart of the Auckland Grammar School campus. The project helps consolidate teaching activities while creating new circulation links with the historic Californian style Main Building.

The building is arranged in a linear form over four levels and contains 12 classrooms, offices and resource spaces. Learning spaces are entered at grade and, for the uppers levels, from an external circulation spine that follows the southern edge of the building and links to the Main Building via a bridge at level two.

The bridge is suspended from the new building by pairs of steel chords to avoid stressing the heritage fabric of the Main Building and to provide seismic separation between the structures.

Brick veneer cladding and projecting canopies and roof lines relate to the Main Building and reference other more recent projects on the campus. The learning spaces feature large areas of glazing to the south and shielded strips of glazing to the north which provide high levels of natural diffused light. The spaces offer a high level of technical infrastructure to support the pedagogy of Auckland Grammar School.

A new kitchen and tuckshop located at the ground level of the building offers a stadium style self-service system for students. The tuckshop is accessed off a sheltered landscaped terrace created between Augusta and the Main Building.

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The building’s balance of confidence and tact is illustrated in a number of ways: by an upper-level bridge that makes a gentle connection to the heritage fabric of the main building; through materials, colours and design elements drawn from the pre-existing palette to ensure a considerate integration; and via the transparency and texture of a curving timber screen that respectfully defers attention to the great tree at the heart of the courtyard the building overlooks.

NZIA Auckland Jury Citation 2016

Client:
Auckland Grammar School

Location:
Auckland

Completion:
2015

Size:
1,500m2

Project Value:
$5m

Contact:
Patrick Clifford

Awards

NZIA Auckland Architecture Award – Education 2016