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Hingaia Peninsula School

The first 5 Green Star designed and built school, Hingaia Peninsula School in Karaka, Auckland, was destined to be the centre of much attention, as much for its sustainability focus as for its innovative new layout.

Hingaia Peninsula Primary school

The new school caters to students from year 0-8. Rather than the traditional classroom layout with one teacher per classroom, Hingaia Peninsula School is comprised of two large learning studios each with a trio of teachers. Each studio is designed as a multi-purpose space with nooks to nurture and encourage different learning styles.

Inside the walls are finished in Resene Broadwall Surface Prep & Seal for a Level 5 finish finished in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen, a tough and washable finish ideal for wear and tear areas. Other plasterboard wall areas are finished in Resene Zylone Sheen Zero, a low sheen waterborne paint finish without unwanted volatile organic compounds. To encourage the children to get creative, an expanse of the wall area is also finished in Resene Write-on Wall Paint so the children can write all over the wall without worrying about leaving unwanted marks. One of the studio areas is finished with Resene Digital Green, creating a purpose built video nook ready for budding directors and actors.

A palette of Resene neutrals

The palette is a mix of bold meets neutral, with the Resene Digital Green wall, doors in Resene Avalanche (deep blue) and two custom made blues with neutral walls in Resene Half Truffle (beige). Resene Write-on Wall Paint is applied over Resene White.

Outside the weatherboards and scribers are finished in Resene Sonyx 101 waterborne semi-gloss complemented by timber fascia and bargeboards in Resene Lumbersider waterborne low sheen in a soft palette of Resene Quarter Truffle (taupe) and Resene Alabaster (blackened white). Resene Uracryl 403 provides anti-graffiti protection.

Hingaia Peninsula Primary school - learning studio area

Working towards the 5 Green Star standards, not only is the building designed for sustainability with appropriate materials and furniture selection, but the design also helps the school function sustainably day in and day out with recycling options and responsible resource use.

Architectural Specifier: Brewer Davidson Architecture & Urban Design
Building Contractor: NZ Strong Construction Ltd
Resene: Joanne Duggan, Specifier Services Manager; Justin Grannall, Architectural Services Representative; Karmen Dumper, Architectural Services Representative
From the Resene News – issue 3/2012

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