New Zealand School of Music

Sacha Constable (website)
Victoria University of Wellington
Third Year Design Studio
Brief: New Zealand School of Music
Faculty: Fabricio Chicca

This project brief involved a new campus to house the New Zealand School of Music. The building was to be sited on the Te Aro flats of the Wellington CBD on a half city-block between Cuba and Ghuznee Streets.

To mitigate the impact of the vast mass of the building and how it is seen and felt via two primary pedestrian axes; The Ghuznee Street ‘cross’ axis runs parallel along the southern boarder of the site, the Hannahs apartments ‘diagonal’ axis cuts a diagonal path through the site.

Conceived as a reaction to urban conditions; conceptually the school is a large volume of interior space, which acts formally as an infill building to the block. The design plays with courtyard planning and volumetric geometry in order to manipulate negative ‘cut-out’ volumes for public open space, outdoor performance areas and pedestrian pathways.


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