‘Heart Space’ at Henderson High School, 21 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson, Auckland 0612
After working with Henderson High School on other projects, they approached us for our landscape design services to create a ‘Heart Space’ for the centre of the school.
They asked for the space to help facilitate students gathering informally, while also catering for formal gatherings as well as instilling a sense of pride in the school. This would be demonstrated through the inclusion of high-quality design, materials, and opportunities for cultural expression in the built elements.
The brief included a covered stage, pathway connection across the space, seating, and planting.
To create a space that functions as a key informal gathering space for students during lunch and recess periods as well as a formal school-wide gathering area for assemblies, cultural performances, and prize giving.
To also take the opportunity to express the cultural diversity of the school through the design. For example, use of carved timber elements and culturally appropriate paving patterns.
Following the initial discussions with the client, we prepared a detailed brief and fee estimate. Since being engaged we have worked with the school through the concept and developed design stages (including the first value engineering/preliminary costings). We’ll begin the detailed design phase of the design shortly which will be ready for tendering the construction works.
We were able to offer our collective 30 years of experience as landscape designers with a good understanding of working with schools. In particular being able to understand the challenges faced by those types of landscaped spaces, namely durability of materials and catering for large groups of people.
We have submitted to the school the final developed design for the space. At present, we are also currently helping the school with cost prioritisation for various elements of the design before beginning the detailed design stage.
- Open Space Design
- School Campus Design
- 3D Visualisation