AORAKI MT COOK SCHOOL // EDUCATION

The only school in New Zealand in a National Park. This new classroom block was designed to accommodate all the workings of a school from classrooms, administration, teacher resource area, toilets and changing rooms. The flexible open plan spaces allow shared/flexible areas to enhance teacher supervision and create a light and spacious interior. The building form is a simple design and construction technique with large eaves to shade the strong summer sun and high level clerestory windows allowing good cross ventilation and views to the mountains beyond. The classroom spaces open onto a large covered area which leads out to the existing pool and outdoor learning spaces. In consultation with DOC, a careful palette of colours and textures have been used inside to create an exciting learning environment while blending in with this National Park.