Halswell Residential School

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Baldasso Cortese were engaged by the Ministry of Education to provide a master plan for Halswell Residential College, a special needs school located in Christchurch.

Halswell Residential College is a unique and one-of-a-kind facility in the whole of New Zealand, catering for 32 years 6-10 students that board at the college for 12 months.

 

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Client: MoE

Status: Completed

Typology: Education  

Category: Government / Special School / Residential /

Photography: Dennis Radermacher (Lightforge)

 
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The sensitive arrangement of boarding houses was designed to create the look and feel of an enclosed village. A warm and limited material palette was selected to weave the campus into the adjoining bushland, with soft landscaped hills creating a safe and welcome environment.

This is reflected in the interior design of the spaces. Acoustically treated plywood is paired with darker timber and carpet floors, emphasising softness through contrast.

 
 
 
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