Ormiston Senior College is a new school at the heart of the emerging Flatbush community. A 1600 pupil senior high school, junior high school, primary school and early learning centre; this project required an integrated and comprehensive design approach, including masterplanning, landscape and architectural design.
In order to establish the identity of the area, while providing connectivity opportunities for future neighbouring precincts, the masterplan incorporated seven principles that guided the design. Of these, careful integration with the landscape was a critical element.
The concept design made strong reference to the ecological and environmental context of surrounding Flatbush. The integration of stormwater and ecological planting seen in the numerous ‘green fingers’ around the site are reflected in the campus design.
The project also formed part of the NZGBC's Green Star Education rating tool, ultimately being awarded a 5 Green Star rating for Education Design.
Internally, spaces have been designed to meet the needs of teaching and learning in the 21st century. Students and teachers have a variety of learning spaces in which to work, with spaces being selected for use depending on the learning purpose. There are learning commons, presentation rooms, quiet spaces, specialist rooms, along with a spacious library set high above Ormiston Road.
The gymnasium forms an integral part of the new school. It is naturally ventilated with a sprung timber sports floor and has approximately 600sqm of gym floor area plus an adjacent mezzanine gym classroom area, staff /student work area, storage and changing facilities.