Hutt International Boys' School Mathematics Block - Designgroup Stapleton Elliott | ArchiPro

Hutt International Boys' School Mathematics Block

Hutt International Boys' School (HIBS) required a new Mathematics Block to replace the existing outdated buildings located next to the Administration Block on the Granville Street front boundary.

Brief

A new block comprising 8 classrooms, a Teacher Resource Room, staff toilets and a multi-purpose senior Common Room and Function space.

Solution

Building Form/ Concept:

A main two storey linear building aligns with the front boundary as a continuation of the public edge.  

Common Room/ Multi-purpose space is at right angles to the main block with a floating timber canopy, providing a sheltered connection. The senior common room juxtaposes with the main block by its sculptural form and materiality.

A cloistered courtyard is formed between the new building and the gym creating student amenity.

Classroom / Shared Learning Environment:

Classrooms are arranged around a Teaching Wall Unit, and are well serviced and acoustically treated to provide optimum learning environments for young men.

Flexible learning spaces abut and open into shared communal zones to provide a multitude of teaching environments and educational delivery opportunities.

Full height glazed windows to shared learning spaces overlook the courtyard for visual amenity and student wellbeing.

Integration of mechanical systems and passive controls:

Considered attention has been placed on providing passive control of heating and cooling as well as optimising sunlight and controlling solar gain.

Granville Street façade integrates mechanical and passive systems into the architecture by way of perforated screens and fins. Fins also filter views from and into classrooms from the public edge.

Materials/ Durability/Structure:

Durable /Low maintenance materials used include Exotec, aluminium panels and larch.

Structural systems, where possible, are expressed for aesthetics and student education.

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