2016 Hawkes Bay/Gisborne Architecture Awards Winner
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Ngāti Kahungunu O Te Wairoa
The strong, cloaking roof forms of this Māori immersion school enclose classrooms that radiate out from a central hall. It is a cohesive design, strongly organised around environmental cues. The school is orientated to a north-south axis that prioritises natural light and the warmth of the sun, however a wide, covered transition between inside and out protects each learning space from excess heat and light. This work is true architecture, interwoven with references to the past that will now inform the future, and with significant cultural and environmental elements that have been adapted into physical form with great finesse.