The Sports Education Centre accomodates a gymnasium fitness room, classrooms and changerooms, offices and shops.
The 1200m2 two-storey centre is designed to include a number of environmental strategies in its design and construction, including rainwater harvesting, use of recycled and fly-ash concrete, active monitored ventilation systems, and - during the construction phase - active waste management.
Architectural work for the Sports Education Centre involved careful consideration of the distinctive character of the existing school, while creating a suitably modern educational and working environment.
Located some distance away from the more historic character buildings on campus, a contemporary architecture is created that blends with the arboretal surrounds through the transparency of the glass and the timber slat exterior sun shading.
The selected location within the campus, near to the existing sports fields, and use of large glass facades creates a connection overlooking the neighbouring gully and to a large outdoor gathering space / marae area.
PAUA Architects led the project team and provided full architectural design and project management service. This project was commissioned through a design competition.
2012 NZIA Waikato BOP Education Award Winner
This building at the rear of the Diocesan School for Girls campus establishes a legible 'working' entry to the school. Its transparency allows natural light to flood the gymnasium space and establishes excellent connections to a generous open space sheltered by mature oak trees. A thoroughgoing environmental strategy has been implemented to promote user comfort and energy efficiency.