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pinehurst School – library hub and dance studio

Fat Parrot’s vision for the new Pinehurst School Library Building and Dance / Function Centre unifies two disparate older existing library/gymnasium and auditorium buildings into a cohesive whole and presents itself as a showpiece for the school where knowledge, enlightenment and other worlds can be explored.

pinehurst school – college 4

This project involved incorporating a science laboratory and technology hub with five additional classrooms, teachers’ rooms, bathrooms, kitchen facilities and large senior commons / multipurpose area over two stories. We were commissioned at preliminary design stage to complete the exterior finishes and detailing and to complete the interior spatial design and take the project through to completion. The wide upstairs corridors, or “streets” as the school has named them, have recessed break out spaces and open plan teaching areas. The colourful panels and exterior timber detailing enclose the external staircase and create fun visual interest.

Newmarket primary school – new four storey building

This was a new four storey building, with a hall, 13 teaching spaces including a green room, technology block, administration block and staffroom.

School comment: Focusing on the learning experiences of the students, Newmarket School’s vertical teaching block includes a diverse range of learning environments.  These include instructional, collaborative, reflective, technical and smaller group areas that empower students to engage with their learning and passions. The design of the building supports the diverse needs of all learners and provides an engaging learning environment.

campbells bay primary school – new learning hub

This project involved altering the interior of the existing library and computer technology suite, creating a new ‘integrated learning environment’ (ile), now called the schools Learning Hub. We collaborated closely with the school, designing a multifunctional, inspirational space for the children, teachers & families to enjoy.

“On reflection of my day, can I just say…Thanks teachers. When I went into the learning hub for five minutes this is what I saw…A year one teacher doing assessment on one of her kids in the learning hub Space. Boys who are graduating this year sardined in the Hui pod playing Lego. Senior boys and girls practising their poetry recitals in the viewing hub on the stage to each other for the upcoming competition. A girl on the computer in the tech hub doing work., while the boys lay on the green screen stage on their Crome books. …The LIT teacher doing something so exciting with a group in her office the kids had smiles a mile wide. Year 4s choosing books and one little girl in a reading nook tucked away  quietly reading. I said to …………, is it ok if I just cry cause I’m so happy?  Thanks for making a vision of learning a reality guys :) ” Nikki Urlich. Deputy Principal

mt Richmond school

Fat Parrot Architecture has had a long working relationship with the Mt Richmond Special School. Starting with upgrades of teaching spaces, we have over the years refurbished the main teaching blocks, built a new Administration block, added storage areas, classrooms, parking bays and gardens. This project is an integrated $2M admin, staff facility and classroom space project that has vastly improved the working environment and is the envy of other special needs schools in the greater Auckland area. Next on the agenda is a state of the art, interactive, multisensory, hydrotherapy pool complex.

Hillsborough primary School

We were presented with the opportunity to transform an existing classroom block into a new integrated learning environment (ile). The interconnecting flexible pod spaces that we designed provide children and facilitators the ability to move freely within the spaces and to be involved with both focussed and collaborative learning.

Taupaki School – New facilities

Fat Parrot designed the new toilet block for Taupaki School in 2013 to provide additional facilities for the pupils. It is a standalone, modern new building utilizing robust materials with pleasing aesthetics.

manurewa Intermediate School

The design brief called for 6 new teaching spaces, including a Wharenui plus a Fale for Manurewa Intermediate School. Manurewa Intermediate is a decile 1 South Auckland intermediate school. We worked with an extensive brief, matched with a modest budget. The result fully meets the brief and is stunning, attributable in no small part to the beautiful Wharenui carvings by Dr Richard Cooper. The new buildings were opened by the Minister of Education in December 2013.

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One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again

-- Renzo Piano

Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure

-- Zaha Hadid

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