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NZ Chapter - New Beginnings - Onehunga High School

  • 13 September 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (NZST)
  • Onehunga High School, 24 Pleasant Street, Auckland, Auckland 1061

New Beginnings - Onehunga High School

Onehunga High School is a co-educational, multi-cultural state secondary school, which serves a wide range of ethnic, social, and economic situations. With inclusivity and diversity at its core, the school prides itself on creating meaningful learning pathways for all.


The design brief included master planning of the site, allowing for a reduced, but redeveloped number of teaching spaces within stage 1, and an expansion of 63 teaching spaces for the future. This resulted in the demolition of dilapidated buildings, two new buildings: the technology block and gymnasium, outdoor landscaping, re-configured car parking and the renovation of an existing building into a satellite unit.


Previously isolated faculties are now connected across the new technology block and gymnasium, enabling cross-curricular engagement and shared teaching spaces.


All spaces were designed with maximum natural light and passive ventilation, particularly in the centre of the tech block’s wide floorplate - achieved with clerestory windows.


Disruption to the school was mitigated by staging of the development, made more complex by the steep site offering limited physical space, and areas of unstable soil.


Above all, these new spaces support Onehunga High School with flexibility and coherence as it continues to grow and respond to its evolving master plan.

Images by photographer Dennis Radermacher from LightForge

Guest Speakers: Leandri Hay - Architect at Ignite and Associate Principal - Gareth Leadbeater will illustrate the narrative of the strategies that led to the realisation of this comprehensive project.

PLEASE NOTE: the doors open at 5 pm with the presentations starting at 5:30 pm.

The presentations will be followed by a tour of the school building and grounds.


- All non-LENZ members - $20.

- Learning Environments New Zealand members - free.

Members, please e-mail nzadmin@a4le.org.nz for the promotional code to access your ticket discount.

* If you are interested in becoming a Member and enjoying our events and excellent networking opportunities without charge please send a message to nzadmin@a4le.org.nz

Registered Architects can apply for 15 CPD points for attending this event - (75% design, 25% core professional development)

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