AUT Auditorium Conversion
In response to the increasing demand for teaching space on the University's Akoranga campus the programme called for for transforming the existing 1960's hall into a combination of lecture theatres. Having selected their preferred option of dividing the building into two lecture theatres, the client set us the challenge of producing a unique and innovative design solution within the tight budgetary constraints. Our design response was to insert of a new organic object as a 'vessel for learning' into the rectilinear 'container' that is the existing building. This 'vessel' contains the new 250 seat lecture theatre while the former stage area beyond the proscenium arch has been transformed into a 133 seat theatre. The contrast established between the crisp new object and it's seasoned container intends to highlight the development from the more elementary teaching spaces and methods of times past (analogue) to contemporary high tech teaching environments (digital).