Opus is providing the architectural design for the $18.5m upgrade of Porirua College
The 600 pupil secondary school, just out of Wellington, will be almost completely rebuilt with the design of the new buildings, supporting a 21st century learning model.
Extensive consultation has driven both the building design and the rethinking of the curriculum design and delivery.
The overall vision has been to break down the institutional ‘cells and bells' style of traditional secondary school buildings in New Zealand and encourage greater interaction, engagement and motivation of students in a more open environment.
The predominant Maori and Pasifika culture of the school community have strongly influenced the design of the buildings and landscaping.