Best Pacific Institute of Education
Project supplied by our Arch Group sister company - Creative Arch Ltd.
The owners of the Hugh Brown Drive property requested a facelift to transform and update their building which caters for both a Private Pacific Education Centre and a WINZ office on the ground floor.
The brief also required a maintenance upgrade due to years of neglect, all to be carried out within a tight budget and include robust weather tight detailing.
We set out to achieve the brief by focusing on a combination of Polynesian flavour, with low maintenance primary metal cladding.
The most significant design feature of the project is the contemporary timber gable entryway. This provides striking visual impact through its structural aesthetic, which also serves to redefine the existing building entirely.
The existing entrance façade was enhanced with a ‘Fale’ effect, complemented by timber ply linings and patterned battens. The lower canopy was introduced to provide additional cover and enhance the focal point into the building by creating a grand entrance.
The existing solar shade frame was recycled with the corrugate cover being replaced with cedar battens, resulting in a contrast effect with the dark cladding. This also accentuates the space and leads the public to the front entrance combining the Polynesian flavour with functionality.
- Location: Manukau
- Floor Area: 4279m2
- Status: Completed 2012