St Peter’s College Technology Building
 

St Peter’s College Technology Building

Client:
Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland

Location:
Auckland

Completion:
2001

Size:
1,400m2

Project Value:
$2m

Contact:
Patrick Clifford

“Resisting the temptation to form a curve, or indeed any other modish form, they have folded a piece of the motorway into a cranked, defensive palisade – forming an apparently effortless integration of architecture and sculpture.”

Charles Walker Architecture New Zealand November/December 2001

St Peter’s College is huddled on its restricted urban site constrained by a motorway, railway line and two major urban roads.

The new Technology Building is a collection of generic rooms; flexible, decent sized workshops, laboratories and studios.

Sited hard against the motorway edge it forms one side of a new courtyard and is linked by a cloister, open stair and bridges to the adjacent buildings.

Exposed aggregate pre-cast concrete walls with glazed slots face the motorway, enclosing three sides of the building and establishing a strong presence to the passing traffic.

The fourth side, facing the new courtyard is predominantly glazed, with external or covered circulation spaces allowing for informal gathering of students and communication.

The building hovers above and on the edge of the motorway, set slightly off the block work base that supports it.  As a result, it appears to belie its actual weight and physicality.

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“Coming as it did in the slipstream of the millennial moment, St Peter’s suggested new possibilities for a revived urban architecture in New Zealand’s great, dissipated, suburban city.”

Douglas Lloyd Jenkins

Client:
Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland

Location:
Auckland

Completion:
2001

Size:
1,400m2

Project Value:
$2m

Contact:
Patrick Clifford

Awards

NZIA New Zealand Architecture Supreme Award 2002
NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award – Education 2002
NZIA Auckland Architecture Award – Education 2001