Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre
Provision for new early learning services is part of the New Zealand Ministry of Education’s New School’s initiative. All new school sites have a designated area for a new licensed early learning centre.
Hobsonville Point acquired a new Primary School, and selected the North Auckland Kindergarten Association (NAKA) to build, establish and operate an early learning service on the site of the Primary School.
Collingridge and Smith Architects were appointed to design the new centre for NAKA.
The concept for this centre came from analysis of the winning organisation, in particular its core values of Sustainability, Excellence and Aspiration. We expressed these as 3 whares housing the primary functions of the building.
By rotating each whare and overlaying them, we formed a village, with a central ‘piazza’ at its heart. All classrooms flow onto this central space, as does the kitchen, creating a real social heart to the building and representing the organisations primary value – Hauora (health/wellbeing).
Facts + Figures
Client: North Auckland Kindergarten Association
Location: Hobsonville Point, Auckland, New Zealand
Construction cost: NZ$ 1.5 million
Programme: Completed 2015