Nelson College

Nelson College

Nelson College

The Commerce Centre at Nelson College embodies the school’s vision for a modern learning environment to educate and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in.

The facility consists of specialist classrooms, standard classrooms, leadership and seminar rooms, and staff amenities. A contemporary architectural language differentiates the building from the others in the school, with inspirational forms and spaces to foster collaboration, learning and innovation.

A simple and efficient exterior is articulated with sculptural folded screens which provide shade to the north elevation, while a generous canopy signals and shelters the entry.

Nelson College Commerce Centre

Positioned to respect and feature a large existing oak tree adjacent to the entrance, a raised canopy provides a gateway to other parts of the campus and reinforces the central stair and circulation pathway through this terraced school.

Nelson College Commerce Centre

Internally, a wide, naturally lit stair at the rear provides opportunities for informal meetings between classes.

The design utilises a lightweight LVL timber structure with a high level of locally sourced prefabricated elements.

Nelson College Commerce Centre
Nelson College Commerce Centre
Nelson College Commerce Centre
Nelson College Commerce Centre

Client: Ministry of Education

Location: Nelson

Status: Completed 2016

Awards: NZIA Nelson/Marlborough Architecture Awards, Winner – Education, 2017

NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards, Finalist – Engineering Innovation, Excellence in Engineered Wood Products, 2017

Liam Dunstan, JTB Architects

Liam Dunstan

Senior Architectural Designer

Nelson

Karl Vercoe, JTB Architects

Karl Vercoe

Associate

Nelson