Tūrama, Kristin School Sports Hall, Albany

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Tūrama, meaning ‘enlightenment’ or ‘to illuminate’, designed for Kristin School, is a beautiful multipurpose indoor sports facility.

The brief from the client was simple, design a sports hall that is not a sports hall! Having used PVC canopies to cover other sports courts, the school did not want to replicate them again due to issues of wind, water ingress, noise and condensation. But the budget was not high enough for a sports hall – hence the brief.

To resolve the issue, we proposed a beautiful lightbox made from lightweight materials that would let in natural daylight, stop wind, rain and condensation and absorb noise using acoustic lining.

The structure is designed to withstand water both inside and out – it is waterproof, not watertight and therefore does not have the cost of a sports hall but has all the functionality of one.

Internally the design offers an unhindered space of 37m x 53m x 11m high and can be used for multiple indoor sports. It also has further advantages over fabric structures in that it is weatherproof and can therefore be used for functions as well as sports events – giving the school a flexible facility.

Facts + Figures

Client: Kristin School Charitable Trust
Location: Albany, Auckland, New Zealand

Construction cost: Confidential
Area: 1900m²
Programme: Completed 2021

Project Team: Phil Smith,
James Browning, Akash Kumar, John Moran

Construction: N Cole Construction
Engineers: Markplan Consulting

Lighting: Enhance Light for Architecture
Materials: Forman Building Systems, Alpha Interiors, Hardwood Technology, Ampelite Australia, Metalbilt Doors, Global Engineering

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Smith Architects is an award-winning international architectural practice creating beautiful human spaces that are unique, innovative and sustainable through creativity, refinement, and care.

Phil and Tiffany Smith established the practice in 2007. We have spent more than two decades striving to understand what makes some buildings more attractive than others, in the anticipation that it can help us design better buildings.

Recent advances in neuroscience and psychology have enabled scientists to unlock some of the reasons why we find certain works of art, objects and environments more attractive than others, and at the heart of it is simple Darwinian theory: if we find something attractive we will be more likely to choose that thing over another – be it a painting, a piece of music, a landscape or even a building.

At Smith Architects, we use these learning to inform our designs, striving to create beauty in everything we do, in the belief that beautiful spaces create better environments for human beings or ‘beautiful human spaces’.

We carefully integrates architectural, landscape, interior and furniture design skills to ensure projects achieve an holistic integrity that meets our client’s needs. At the core of our design rigour, we believe that modern, sustainable, research-based design delivers a successful project with innovative solutions that work for our clients.

Our Auckland, New Plymouth, and Arrowtown offices design and deliver projects ranging from refurbishments to new-builds; from domestic scale to urban master plans; from conception to completion. Our experience covers a broad range of typologies – masterplans, mixed-use schemes, residential; offices; cultural; educational; healthcare and childcare.

We work with a diverse client base, including developers, private, government and charities and have experience of working with multiple stakeholders on challenging sites around the world.

We are a member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC), Site Safe New Zealand, and the Sustainability Business Network.