Social Media

Mana Tamariki a Maori language school reflects its local and cultural context winning recognition


This design for a Maori language immersion school in Palmerston North, New Zealand designed by Tennet + Brown Architects was shortlisted in last years 'Making Space: architecture and design for children and young people' competition and conference, which was organised by Children in Scotland and promoted innovation, creativity and sustainability in design for children aged 0-18 years.

The Mana Tamariki school, which caters for children from 0 to 18 years was recognised for it's design reflecting and responding 'at many levels to its local context and culture' (Making Space 2010).

The architects consulted with the staff, leadership group and children through meetings and workshops, the local authority, community, government and artist Bob Jenke, which resulted in a greater understanding in Maori spatial and design principles.

The design was also recognised in the 2010 NZ Institute of Architecture Awards for how they listened and understood their clients. The journey from young to old is handled with the spirit of whanau, with a sense of trasnparency and of being a part of a nurturing community, sheltered under a calm, 'cloaking' roof form (NZIA).

Massey University Maori Visual Arts professor Bob Jahnke advised the architects on Maori design concepts, as well as working on sculptures and the entrance gate.

An indoor 'nest' allows children to play above adults heads.

A glass entrance wall coveys transparency welcoming passersby. "We want the community to see they're just kids in here", says acting principle Penny Poutu.

Photo's from Tennet + Brown.


Post a Comment


site by Ana Degenaar