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Beachhaven Primary School Library upgrade


From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery — North Shore, Auckland

The brief to us was to upgrade the existing library and create a new vibrant building that reflected the school’s aims and goals for the future.

Beachhaven Primary is a low decile primary school on Auckland’s North Shore. As with many primary schools we have been involved with, it has amazingly enthusiastic staff and parents; vibrant and enthusiastic pupils but an uninspiring mix of average dated architecture.

Beachhaven Primary School
Blue and white school interior

The brief to us was to upgrade the existing library and create a new vibrant building that reflected the school’s aims and goals for the future.

School exterior
Crisp white library
White and blue library

With a maximum budget of $300,000, we refurbished the existing library and a redundant classroom and added a ‘lighthouse’ entry space to create a new bright building.

Blue and white school
School library refurbishment
School library 2

We selected one vibrant colour as the backbone and added natural timbers, translucent glass and soft supporting colours. This colour palette has been adopted by the school for all its buildings.

Blue and white school library
Blue and stained wood school
School library

Architectural Specifier: Ellis Architects
Building Contractor: Format

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