This inner-city teaching building accommodates the four departments that make up the Faculty of Science and Engineering. It contains specialist facilities including a 70-metre open plan laboratory to allow a number of simultaneous classes, as well as lecture theatres and a full level of car parking.
It is concrete-framed with prefabricated profiled-steel cladding panels, which provide texture and rhythm along the north and south elevations.
Glazed circulation areas at street level provide a transparent internal promenade, enhancing the streetscape.
Flexible internal spaces provide a fluid disjuncture from the austerity of the exterior. Vibrant use of interior colour provides orientation cues that code the internal workings and functions throughout the space. The circulation arteries of the upper building are expressed at each end as a slot between the
cladding panels and the bookend-like shearwalls. Tilted planar roofs float above and extend in skeletal form beyond the envelope to facilitate building maintenance.
By locating car parks up one level, cars are removed from the street, enabling students to sprawl in an inner city area. Internal window seats and street benches encourage students to gather along the building edge and contribute to the life of the narrow street.
- 1999 NZIA - Resene Northern Regional Award for Architecture
- 1999 NZIA - Resene Northern Regional Award for Architecture - Colour Award
- 1998 NZIA - Resene Branch Award for Architecture - Community & Cultural
- 1998 NZIA - Resene Branch Award for Architecture - Colour Award
- 1999 New Zealand Property Council - Excellence Award