JTB Architects

Nelson College Commerce Centre



Client:  Nelson boys college | completed: 2016 | AWARDS: 2017 NZIA LOCAL AWARD: EDUCATIONAL ARCHITECTURE

This building encapsulates the Client’s vision for a new modern commerce teaching centre that incorporates modern learning environment principles to teach and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.  The centre is comprised of two specialist classrooms, two standard classrooms, leadership and seminar rooms and staff facilities. A modern expressed architectural language has been designed to inspire students and differentiate the building from others in the school with spaces which foster collaboration, learning and innovation.

Whilst the exterior of the building is simple and efficient, it is articulated with the sculptural folded sun screens, and generous canopy which signals and shelters the entry. The design uses a light weight LVL timber structure with a high level of prefabricated elements from local Nelson sources.  

This design was been accepted as a stage one finalist for Engineering Innovation and Excellence in Engineered Wood Products in the NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards for 2017. To view the finalist entries click the link below:

Link to 2017 NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards

Link to 2017 NZIA Local Awards - Nelson