Year 8 Boys' School Architectural Trip

September 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Evelyn Liu - architect with 8BW.JPGMonday morning was an architectural smorgasbord for the Year 8 at the Boys’ School. As part of their current Social Science Unit they are working on their own redevelopment concept of the Tank Farm area for Auckland City. An architectural walk was organised to provide inspiration for their work.

The day began with a tour of the school site led by four visiting architectural experts. The focus for this walk was to look at the school’s contrasting buildings, identify their features and discuss their design and function. The historical Roselle House and the modern Jubilee Sports Centre depict a superb contrast in styles, highlighting the changes that have evolved over time and providing a fantastic springboard for discussion. Thanks to Mrs Katie Wilson (Jasmax Architects), Ms Evelyn Liu (Architect, Wellington), Mr Matt Chaplin (Sumich Chaplin Architects) and Mr. David Gaze (Gaze Commercial) for taking the time out from their day to work with boys.

The second part of the morning was an architectural walk from the Tank Farm at Beaumont Street through to The Cloud. The boys' focus was the redevelopment of Wynyard quarter, the Events Centre, Princes’ Wharf, the Ferry Building, Shed 10 and The Cloud. A highlight was a tour of the world class, sustainable ASB Building in Wynyard Quarter- the boys were hosted by Mr Derek Shorrt (ASB General Manager). The eco-friendly building provided many interesting features and ideas to consider. In small groups the boys then made their way along the waterfront photographing and considering the vast array of architecture and design work.

The morning finished with Mr Matt Glubb, Principal at Jasmax · Architecture & Planning, touring the boys through Shed 10 and The Cloud. He shared his wealth of experience in the background and development of the buildings.

Our thanks to the many parents who accompanied the boys during the walk.  We now look forward to the boys developing their own proposal for the Tank Farm area.

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