Sited around the beautiful white sandy beaches and local facilities of Auckland’s North shore. Takapuna is home to a first of its kind urban school. Catering for 150 children ranging from years 1-13, the centre is designed to be an inspiring and though-provoking space for gifted young children.
Presented with a challenging site, the existing commercial and residential building, required an integrated proposal and additional playground fit for its purpose. The idea was to imitate a kid’s fort, with a growing foliage net draped around the two buildings. The opportunity for frantic play is incorporated around the edge of the building, with artificial hill like terrains for kids to interact with. To enhance indoor outdoor connectivity, the curvature façade is incorporated with lookouts, for children to keep a watch outside while staying secure.
Sympathetic to the existing site, the proposal retains two existing trees, from which the building curves away. The continuous curve is further formed from the existing residential building up to the commercial, linking the two together with an internal basketball court as a central outdoor space. Cohesive movement throughout the building responds to the fluid landscape of the site.