2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards Winner
McCombs Performing Arts Centre, Cashmere High School
Cashmere has gained a creative focal point for its high school and the community at large in the form of this new facility. A light and semi-transparent envelope provides an active edge to the Performing Arts Centre at Cashmere High School. Students add motion to a backdrop of multi-layered spaces and contrasting materials, adding a new element of cool to the school. Formally, the primary wedge is met head-on with the golden glow of the entry box, allowing glimpses of students and staff flowing through the spaces. Bold colour moves in the foyer are offset against a natural material palette in the more private spaces, while the pure white auditorium highlights the stage and audience in one swoop, without excessive lighting effects.