Prime Minister, Rt Hon Bill English, officially opened Ara Institute of Canterbury’s $34m Kahukura Engineering and Architectural Studies building at their City Campus on August 10.
Engineering, architectural studies, quantity surveying and interior design programmes will be taught in the Kahukura building and students have started semester two in the spacious new building, which doubles as a teaching tool.
Kahukura was designed by architectural firm Jasmax to offer students both purpose-built workshops and studios, and flexible learning spaces, that mirror industry workplace conditions.
Solar panels generate 40 per cent of the building's energy requirements, and it gathers its own rainwater for its sewage system. The building is named after the Maori word for a chief's cloak and the facility's design was based on a kahukura. The facade colour and patterning represents an abstracted feathered cloak.
Huge redevelopment continues at Ara Institute
The 6500m building on Moorhouse Avenue is the jewel in the crown of a 10 year master plan of rebuilding and refurbishment across the institute’s five campuses.
In early 2015 Ara opened the Whareora, Sports and Wellbeing facility, also at the City Campus Christchurch. Ara has also refurbished the Woolston Campus and added new buildings and resources for trades training.
There’s more to come with a North Green at the Christchurch campus nearing completion while plans are in train for the three southern campuses and work will begin soon on a Student Hub in Christchurch.