Jasmax has worked with Westlake Boys High School on a number of major projects within the school and the auditorium provided an exciting opportunity to continue this ongoing relationship. The new auditorium sits next to the recently completed administration building, enabling the school to present a bold new face to the street and the community.
The core function of the auditorium is to provide a much needed opportunity for the school to come together as a whole. With a role of 2000 students and staff, the auditorium provides a physical representation of the school’s size.
The auditorium includes student services, staffrooms and administration areas, which are connected with a wide double height ‘internal street’ and with bridges spanning above. The rear wall panels of the auditorium pivot into this space, enabling the entire wall to be opened up and an extended space created from the two.
Externally, careful positioning of the building has created an opportunity for the auditorium to embrace and define a new school quadrangle courtyard, something the campus has not previously had.
With such a large school role, it was appropriate that the materials and forms be physically robust while being visually beautiful. These include exposed steel structure, natural stone and exposed-aggregate precast wall elements, polished concrete floors, exposed timber finishes and healthy amounts of natural light.
- 2007 Property Council of New Zealand Rider Hunt Building Award – Education and Arts – Merit
- 2006 NZIA - Resene Local Award for Architecture – Education