The core function of the Enviroschools initiative is to introduce children to principles of sustainability, through a number of connected perspectives.
The 'Garden to Table' kitchen classroom provides students of Hukanui Primary School a learning space for preparation, cooking, and sharing of food grown by the students. The kitchen classroom provides six kitchen workstations for groups of students to prepare produce grown in the adjacent fruit and vegetable gardens.
The kitchen classroom complements the 'Living Room', constructed in 2009 as a dedicated space for the Enviroschools elective. The design of the new kitchen classroom mimics the earlier design and the two buildings now appear as one complex. The opening of the kitchen classroom marked ten years since the completion of the 'Living Room'. The opening was attended by both present and past students, who opened and replaced the time capsule which now contains 'memories' from both 2009 and 2019.
The core function of the Enviroschools initiative is to introduce children to principles of sustainability, through a number of connected perspectives. Untreated heart macrocarpa was used for timber framing, cladding, and roof trusses. The students can open the building envelope to generate passive ventilation through high and low level louvres, and operable roof lights. Functional aspects of the building such as the roof mounted evacuated water tubes and mechanical extraction system are visible to the students and can be used as teaching aids. Grey water is disposed of with on-site system, green waste is composted, and rainwater is collected for use on the gardens.
The combined classrooms and garden provide a practical learning styles for students to develop their passion and knowledge of sustainable practices.
The paint colours were chosen to tie together finishes such as the exposed timber structure, feature colours of the kitchen joinery and resilient non-slip flooring.
PAUA Architects proposed two colour schemes to the students of the Hukanui Enviroschools Elective, each comprising a colour for the feature joinery and paint finish. The students made a collective decision that Resene Awash was the preferred paint colour for the interior in Resene SpaceCote. Resene Black White (a favourite off-white) was selected for the ceiling as a neutral colour to balance the colours and reflect the neutral colour of the non-slip flooring.
The project was a collaborative effort between PAUA Architects, Southern Hospitality, Begovich Builders and the students of Hukanui Primary School Enviroschools Elective. The students were involved in making design decisions and attended regular site meetings during the construction.
Architectural specifier: PAUA Architects Ltd
Building contractor: Begovich Builders Ltd
Client: Hukanui Primary School
Colour selection: PAUA Architects and students of the Enviroschools elective
Fit-out: Southern Hospitality
Painting contractor: Fineline Decorating
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