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St Teresa’s School Library

Christchurch

The brief was to provide an inspiring and calming space which was able to be used out of school hours.

St Teresa’s School Library

A new school library for St Teresa’s School had been due for some time. The brief was to provide an inspiring and calming space which was able to be used out of school hours. Neutral interior and exterior colours, including Resene Black White and Resene Cedar wood stain, were selected and the space was designed with a cathedral ceiling sloping towards a glazed east facing corner, which ensured there was plenty of morning sunlight. The ceiling was lined with feature timber acoustic panels to limit sound reflectance.

Opus appointed Simon Construction to build the library with a very tight build programme, much to the client’s delight…

Resene Black White in St Teresa’s School Library

“The library is a stunning building and is going to be such a wonderful addition to our school – we have a book fair next week so will be in full swing with reading and books – again! It has been challenging operating out of the passage for the last two years.

I really appreciated the way you and Opus worked with me and the school to establish our needs and make our dreams a reality. You managed to design a building that meet all the requirements and it looks so inviting. Brent was fantastic in liaising with me so I knew what was going on. Working with Jason from Simon Construction was a joy – he was so professional, always respectful and managed to keep the Royal Commissioners happy while keeping the building going.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process, from the initial drawings to completion of the building because I have been kept informed each step of the way. All in all – a wonderful design, superb building put up by professional builders and all kept together by organised Project Manager and Site Manager. Not a single grumble from these lips!!!”

St Teresa’s School Library exterior
St Teresa’s School Library - calming interior

Architectural specifier: Neil Wyatt, Opus Architecture
Building contractor: Simon Construction Ltd
Client: Catholic Diocese of Christchurch
Project: Resene Total Colour Awards 2013

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