Projects >Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre - Hobsonville
North Auckland Kindergarten Association (NAKA)
18 De Havilland Road
Within Hobsonville Point Primary School grounds
85 children (aged up to 5 years)
NAKA was originally known as the East Coast Bays Free Kindergarten Association. Torbay was the NAKA’s first kindergarten which opened in 1954 and it’s still a very active kindergarten to this day. As NAKA grew, the area it covered became much larger and the name was changed to better reflect the kindergartens and areas now included.
Designed by Phil Smith and the CASA team, the concept for this centre came from an analysis of the winning organisation, in particular its core values of sustainability, excellence and aspiration. CASA expressed these as three whares, housing the primary functions of the building. By rotating each whare and overlaying them, they formed a village, with a central ‘piazza’ at its heart. All classrooms flow onto this central space, as does the kitchen, creating a real social heart to the building and representing the organisations primary value – Hauora (health/wellbeing).
From a planning perspective, given that the provision of new ECE services are part of the Ministry of Education’s New School’s initiative our work was eased somewhat in that we could submit an Outline Plan of Works (OPW) to Council rather than a resource consent application. The OPW was accepted without change.
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