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The Waitakere Area Secondary Principals Association promoted this single storey building as a support centre for students from the West Auckland area. The building houses teaching and recreational spaces for 20 students, administration and staff facilities together with counselling and medical consulting rooms. The brief required a high level of student supervision both internally and externally and the need to accommodate family groups, often including extended families. Many community organisations would also be involved at the centre.

 

Part of the outcomes of the centre is to encourage student participation in art so display space was required. The design embodies an unusually wide central curved passage that serves as the common meeting area and a display area.

 

The design incorporates components of passive environmental control including a central thermal mass wall and high level natural ventilation openings, which allow air movement within the building and to the exterior.