Case Study

St Kentigern Early Learning Centre

  • Location
    Remuera, Auckland
  • Client
    St Kentigern School
  • Architect
    Smith Architects
  • Structural Engineer
    Markplan Consulting
  • Builder
    Aspec Construction
  • Date
  • Carbon Sequestered
    139 Tonne

Design for inspiration

Our Challenge
Smith Architects purpose designed a highly bespoke early childhood centre to inspire children and develop their confidence and humility through a sense of community. New Zealand timbers were specified throughout. Connections had to be exact to ensure efficient assembly, plus allowance was required for fire sprinklers through the 168 unique timber roof beams.

The Techlam Solution
Techlam rose to the challenge, delivering a simple and seamless 2-day installation process on-site. The natural timber throughout is highly visual, adding a biophilic element to the design, drawing focus to the central courtyard and blurring the line between indoors and out. An absolutely stunning project by Smith Architects realised through a highly collaborative approach.

Products Used

Techlam Glulaminated Visual Beams

Techlam Visual Beams with prefabricated connection details were created for the main roof beams.


Glulam Prefabrication

All beams were prefabricated off-site to allow for a seamless 2-day installation by Aspec Construction.


Techlam Glulaminated Fascia

Glulaminated Fascia was used for it's strength and durability and to match the overall aesthetic.

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