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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31, No. 24. October 1, 1968

New Training College

page 6

New Training College


Architect: Toomath & Wilson.

Photos: Des Kelly.

Sketch: Peter Hurd.

Photos of new buildings at the Karori training college

Photos of new buildings at the Karori training college

At about the commencement of the new training college in Karori, the intended roll was increased from 500 to 1500 students. As it was too late to replan the buildings, another block was added. Now partially occupied, the new training college will be a credit to the architect in retaining most of the feeling of the original plans.

The main meetng place for the students will be the central courtyard-surrounded on three sdes by buildings, with a small outdoor stage using the natural ground for terraced seating planned for the fourth side. (See sketch below). Existing trees and other vegetation are being retained wherever possible (See photo above.)

Different textures are used in the finish of the concretework. These include chipped corrugations to suggest binding the buildings to the ground, wood grain finish, and exposing the different aggregates. (See the photo on the left.)

The buildings sit on the knoll of a small hill, resembling an old European hill top town, with the inner courtyard as the town square, and the covered bridges linking buildings resembling streets.

About 40 years ago the Karori site was bought, with plans being drawn up in 1938 or 1939. The present huildings were commissioned in 1962, with extensions being decided on after the tenders for the first stage were let in December, 1965.

It is hoped that the new Karori primary school, and any further extensions of the new college.

Neville McPherson.

Architectural drawings of new buildings at the Karori training college