Saint Kentigern Specialist Facilities & Senior Boys’ Building
Saint Kentigern Trust Board
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
The new Specialist Facilities and Senior Boys General Teaching Building at Saint Kentigern Shore Road Campus is a three level structure, bounded by the main playing field and pedestrianised axis road.
The master plan envisaged a building divided vertically with the new teaching facilities for the Senior Boys to the north and the new shared Specialist Facilities to the south. This concept of vertical division is expressed architecturally and organisationally in the new building.
Senior Boys’ teaching spaces are arranged over levels one and two on the north side of a central dividing ‘spine’ which accommodates vertical circulation and ablution areas. The Specialist spaces are generally arranged on the balance of the floor area at each level, to the south of the ‘spine’.
The functional split also supports a level of separation of girls’ and boys’ activities which is strengthened by separate entries for each – boys to the west and girls from the covered walkway connection to the south.
Goods deliveries are made at the service entry on the axis road to the west and distributed through the building via a goods/passenger lift adjacent to the service entry. This lift also allows disabled access to each level. Hard and soft material workshops and associated storage are also located to the west on level 1 to capitalise on the convenience of the goods deliveries.
Two atria accommodate separate stairs that connect the floors for each ‘zone’ of the building – Specialist and Boys – with breakout, group and informal learning activities occurring around the atria.
The staff room and associated functions are accommodated on the ground level adjacent to the Boys’ entry. The co-location of the foodtech classroom with the adjacent staff room at this level enables events and large gatherings to be catered for from this space.