Karori Teachers’ College
The Karori Teachers’ College is likely to be sold on the open market. Since its beginning, the campus has been in government or quasi-government ownership. It was recently transferred from the Ministry of Education to Victoria University for the princely sum of $10. The site is valued at over $20 million, and the university is keen on selling it. It is often in these situations that important heritage sites are compromised or lost forever.
Architectural Centre position
We believe that the Wellington Teachers’ College, Karori must be retained because:
(a) it is incredibly well-built (apparently it meets 100% seismic code) and it would be a shocking waste (in terms of sustainability and common sense) to demolish it.
(b) it is an important community facility (including: dance studio, lecture theatres, marae, playing fields).
(c) it could be adaptively re-used as housing (which we need).
(d) it is an important heritage site (and should be listed).
(e) a redevelopment could be mixed-use incorporating recreation and cultural programmes (like the Barbican in London).
(f) it could be NZ’s first “Barbican of the South” and an exemplar of a high density residential community with public cultural and recreational facilities for the wider community.
What can you do?
(a) contribute to the “Barbican of the South” Project. Write a poem, draw a drawing, confound Photoshop, do a concept plan for an apartment. Details at the “Barbican of the South” Project. Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add them to our gallery on the website.
(b) write to the WCC (email@example.com) asking for them to enable the Karori Teachers’ College site to be adaptively re-used for housing.
(c) write to the WCC (firstname.lastname@example.org) asking for the Karori Teachers’ College to be heritage-listed.