Freemans Bay Primary School

Published Dec 7, 2018

A dynamic colour story at Freemans Bay School

Freemans Bay School is on Auckland’s city fringe, so its location brings together city and suburban families. Consequently, the 500 students come from many ethnic backgrounds, which makes the school a very diverse and exciting community.

1960s buildings have been replaced with a purpose-built new school designed by RTA Studio. The collaborative learning environments are a series of open-plan classrooms with 80-90 pupils each. Innovative architecture, new materials and technologies combine to create flexible learning spaces that can cater for a variety of teaching practices and subjects.

In addition to bold form-making, colour was a strategy to create a dynamic environment for a vibrant community. Colours reference Maori culture and the children's different ethnic backgrounds. Blue for the sea, green for the forest, orange for the sunrise, and reds for the earth mean a bright and exciting campus, and won the team the top award in the Resene Total Colour Awards 2018.

The colour story continues inside the building in Advance carpet tiles, acoustic ceiling tiles and on exposed steel structure.

‘Colour is a relatively cost-effective way to bring a project to life,’ says project architect Moshin Mussa. ‘We used colour to reflect the school's identity and also to enhance the architecture. We've had numerous comments from visitors and from community members on how striking the colours are.’

Architect: RTA Studio