Client: Kakapo Creek
Zone Products: FireZone Vanguard
Timber Substrate: SD Pine Radiata Plywood
Timber Supplier: Plytech
Architect: Smith Architects
Builder: Meridian Construction
The building’s design was influenced by the curve of a nearby stream that forms the site’s northern boundary. This feature creates a sense of belonging and integrates the structure with its natural surroundings. The classrooms are fully glazed onto the courtyard, providing a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces.
To achieve a unified appearance, the design incorporates a timber glulam/ply roof canopy and green roof, which blend the building with the environment. FireZone Vanguard was chosen to provide a natural finish to the plywood ceilings and external soffits where needed.
The architectural design and use of materials at Kakapo Creek reflect the center’s commitment to promoting a learning environment that fosters growth, connection, and inclusivity. The learning center offers a space for children to learn and develop while also fostering a sense of community and connectivity among people from all walks of life.