Tomorrow night (Monday 6 March) is another public meeting about the fate of the VUW Karori Campus. The university decided last year to sell the campus amid community uproar that it would lost vital facilities. The news that VUW had paid only $10 when the site was transferred to it from the Ministry of Education caused more public upset.
The site is an important one for architecture. It was designed by Bill Toomath (1925-2014) and is one of our best Brutalist campuses – mind you are lucky in this part of the world re: Brutalism – just think of Alington’s Wellington High School and Chris Brooke-White’s CIT Campus.
The heritage sector has been quieter than a mouse on the potential demolition of the campus resulting from a sale to the private sector. The architecture and site planning is recognised by the NZIA, but both the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT) and the WCC are yet to formally appreciate its Brutalist wonders.
The meeting is at the Teachers College, Donald St, Karori at 5.30pm. The VUW information about the proposed sale is at: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/about/explore-victoria/campuses/karori
For more information on the Karori Teachers’ College is here.