The two storey Holland House Boarding Hostel comprises accommodation for forty two students including study spaces, shared living spaces, reception, common kitchen, bathroom facilities, and a self contained unit for the House Parent.
As owner of Holland House, the school’s proprietors' board is highly attuned to the costs of operation and maintenance over the life of the building, and hence required that the architecture and design focused on passive and active environmental strategies to minimise energy costs while providing a high level of comfort.
The commission was won through a design competition. PAUA Architects (as Antanas Procuta Architects) worked closely with staff and students and provided full architectural design and construction observation services.
The design contains a north facing glass atrium which allows for plenty of light and warmth to be captured in the hub of the two lounges. The finished building achieved excellent thermal and soundproofing due to the construction materials used. Stormwater from the roof is stored before being used for the grey water flushing toilets within the building.
Structural elements are showcased within the interior spaces. A nine metre parallel steel chord truss acts as a balustrade to the upstairs lounge that overlooks the lower level.