IONA College Information Resource Centre, Hawkes Bay Architecture, New Zealand Building Photos

IONA College Information Resource Centre in Hawkes Bay

21 May 2020

Information Resource Centre

Design: Stevens Lawson Architects

Location: Hawkes Bay, NZ

IONA College Information Resource Centre Hawkes Bay NZ

The Information Resource Centre (IRC) is a multi- functional education facility for the 21st century. It is a three level building, accommodating a two level Library, three English Classrooms, an Information Technology Centre and a student Common Room.

IONA College Information Resource Centre Hawkes Bay NZ

Although bold and contemporary in its architectural expression the new building is also respectful of its context and has a timeless quality, ensuring cohesion with the historic school.

IONA College Information Resource Centre Hawkes Bay NZ

IONA College Information Resource Centre Hawkes Bay NZ

The gable-roofed building enables a strong relationship with the form and scale of the adjacent heritage buildings, but through a contemporary architectural language.

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Vertical fins create a rhythm, echoing the colonnade of the main school building whilst providing a welcoming entry. These deep-set fins provide shade for the interior space and dramatize the play of light and shadow across the facade.

IONA College Information Resource Centre Hawkes Bay

IONA College Information Resource Centre Hawkes Bay

The library is the soul and hub of the centre, a dynamic and stimulating environment with a range of distinct spaces for different modes of learning.

IONA College Information Resource Centre Hawkes Bay NZ

Incorporating Fielding Nair’s Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools; ‘Watering holes’ provide social areas for working collaboratively in groups, and ‘Campfires’ provide more traditional learning areas where adults or students present to a larger group, while ‘Caves’ provide intimate quiet areas for individual learning.

IONA College Information Resource Centre Hawkes Bay

Above, the English Department occupies the top level with lofty ceilings awash with natural light. Below is the I.T. Room and the student’s common room which opens itself out onto the lawn.

IONA College Information Resource Centre Hawkes Bay

We sought to create an educational environment that inspires creativity and encourages open and enquiring minds through the poetics of space.

IONA College Information Resource Centre Hawkes Bay

Photography © Mark Smith

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