The Mana Tamariki School in Palmerston North, New Zeeland was designed by the architectural practice of Tennent + Brown with the idea that the children are the high achievers that incorporate the hopes and aspirations of their parents.
Beginning with this ideal the school was designed as a place that protects this identity and thus the building shape was taken from the concept of Korowai which means a sheltering cloak along with the tohu which is the symbol of the Mana Tamariki School.
The school has an interior courtyard that links the classrooms with the kitchen and dining room. There are also a series of open classroom bays that extend around another courtyard behind the gathering space, or Huimanga, which is the central area of the school and the community being used as the school hall and as a space that hosts the students overnight.
There is also a crèche area connected with the school since the students have different ages. The project integrates a lot of sustainability elements such as the choice of materials, low VOC linings, carpets and paints along with high efficiency light fittings and natural ventilation.