2018 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
Cathedral Grammar Junior School
The new classroom block housing Cathedral Grammar Junior School, previously accommodated in a building that was destroyed in the Christchurch earthquake, is the charming outcome of a child-centric design focus. Eschewing the vogue for corporate-inflected school architecture, Andrew Barrie Lab and Tezuka Architects opted to support their ‘garden school’ with natural materials – a thicket of timber columns and beams. The detailing is impressive, the courtyard organisation is sympathetic, the roof slides are fun. The design is both rigorous and playful; it must be a pleasure to learn in this environment.