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CoCA Massey

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CCM Architects were shortlisted as one of four competitors in Massey University’s design competition for the new College of Creative Arts building on their Wellington campus. CCM collaborated with Graeme McIndoe, Urban Designer, to develop a proposal that worked with the physical, social, topographic and environmental context of the site.

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Our design created strong active edges to reinforce two new public outdoor spaces at different levels, linked by a major stair which acted as a public space in themselves. The building itself incorporates dramatic glazing to the Campus hub below, and a busy entry foyer which doubles as a major thoroughfare to the northern part of the campus, bringing life and interest into the heart of the building. The teaching spaces are designed to be flexible and comfortable with a variety of natural lighting environments to suit the different teaching methods required by the College.

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The design of the building aims to connect the thriving community within the building, with other parts of the College and the outside world by choreographing user movement and interaction through key circulation and common areas. The dramatic glazed façade activates the building on the edge of the new student hub area, and provides classic south-light to the studio and gallery areas inside.