ACG Parnell

A completely new private school building for the Academic Colleges Group, in the grounds of the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind (Bledisloe Estates Trust).

ACG Parnell | Auckland | 2004-2006

SK: BECA Job architect; Developed design to handover.

Includes classrooms, laboratories, music and drama rooms, art & design studios, gym and hall, staff rooms and facilities, offices, administration and two levels of car parking. Due to its urban location, the building was fully air conditioned, to control external traffic noise and internal temperature.

The structure was designed so that the educational fit-out could be removed and the building re-configured as residential accommodation or office space.

External claddings were chosen to be in sympathy with the surrounding urban Heritage, mostly of monolithic red-brick construction, with a visual aspect of weight and ‘depth’. This was agreed with the landowner client by the original design architect, who left the firm before the concept design was fully resolved. This design approach was reconciled with the current seismic and thermal standards, and to a tight budget – that tends to produce a lightweight and ‘thin’ appearance. The interior finishes were not designed under my direction.

The building was completed to budget, six weeks early.