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Michael McKenna - Works


This is an aid infrastructure project in Nauru for AusAID. Nauru is a Pacific Island near the equator and is the worlds smallest island nation with approximately 10,000 people on just 21 square kilometres of land. Years of mining have scoured and denuded much of the island so that now the only habitable zone for most of the people is a strip around the sea edge.

The master plan provides a comprehensive education environment with four principal new buildings, two retained buildings, interconnecting covered walkways, disabled access and an integrated site development. The design is a mixture of one and two storey with open walkway and stair circulation and teaching spaces planned in functional clusters.

The architecture reflects a tradition of Polynesian architecture with long house pavilion forms and pitched roofs, albeit in a contemporary manner and with durable materials. As an aid project sustainability and durability are vital, the seaside location is also harsh on materials. The selection of structure and materials is for durability, with blockwork walls, concrete floors and galvanized steel. External building elements include galvanized steel, marine grade aluminium windows, marine grade roofing, Nauruan coral and render finishes.

Stage: Construction complete.

Timeline: 2007-10