地点：新西兰，奥克兰（Auckland, New Zealand）
建筑师McIldowie Partners and Upton希望通过为学生们设计一个新的创意家园来承办学校的一流的音乐，戏剧和舞蹈项目。
McIldowie Partners的总监Craig Brown说：“这个学校的音乐和戏剧系的作品和表演高于总体标准，但是这两者的教学设施都低于学校设施标准，总是安排在已经重复使用多次的建筑中。”
在外部，建筑设计看似是与学校1854年修建的圣巴纳巴斯教堂并排的一个简单的三层楼建筑。这个教堂唱诗班的历史现在由它的新邻居展现——McIldowie Partners and Upton Architects精心设计了一个尊重历史教堂的现代建筑。
由McIldowie Partners和Upton Architects于2005年开始筹备的音乐与戏剧中心是学校十五年总体规划的最新阶段。该建筑是这个女子学校发展年轻的世界级音乐家，演员和表演家的重要组成部分。
Text description provided by the architects. Music, drama and dance education is proven to nurture a child’s development. In fact, research has found that learning these creative subjects helps students excel in other subjects and can even increase a child’s IQ.
Auckland’s Diocesan School for Girls is acutely aware of the benefits of integrating the arts into the student learning experience. The school recently completed their exciting new Music & Drama Centre, which is unsurprisingly located at the heart of their campus.
Architects McIldowie Partners and Upton Architects wanted to celebrate the school’s award-winning music, drama and dance programmes by designing a new creative home for students.
“The school’s Music & Drama departments were excelling in their standards of production and performance, but both were accommodated in facilities well below the Diocesan School standard, in adaptively reused buildings,” says Craig Brown, Director of McIldowie Partners.
“While the classrooms were not hindering education outcomes at the time, the school identified the need to enable a high-level delivery of these important subjects well into the future.”
The new building accommodates music practice rooms for soloists, ensembles, orchestras and choirs, and sprung-floor performance studios for drama and dance troupes.
Acoustically-isolated recording and percussion studios are wired into the performance spaces to professionally capture and engineer the music produced.
Internally, each windowed doorway offers glimpses at the activities within the rooms, inviting curiosity and ambition. Every student can aspire to be in the band, the orchestra, the chorus.
Externally, the building design is a deceptively simple three-storey form that sits alongside the school’s splendid Chapel of St Barnabas, built in 1854. The Chapel’s choral legacy is now embodied by its new neighbour. McIldowie Partners and Upton Architects carefully created a contemporary design respectful of the heritage-listed Chapel.
The architects wrapped the building in a gently faceted ‘curtain’ of perforated aluminium lacework, reflecting the rhythm and movement of music and drama. This subtly undulating veil shifts in tone and shade throughout the day, cleverly filtering the harsh western sun through an intricate woven leaf pattern.
The Music & Drama Centre is the latest stage in the school’s 15-year masterplan, prepared by McIldowie Partners and Upton Architects in 2005. The building is a key component of Diocesan School for Girls’ continued development of young, world-class musicians, actors and performers.
Schellenberg, E. G. (2006). Long-term positive associations between music lessons and IQ. Journal of Educational Psychology, 98(2), 457-468.