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Project MIT Manukau Campus and Transport Interchange Location: Manukau, Auckland Architect: Warren and Mahoney RIGHT ON TRACK This tertiary campus straddles a railway line, seamlessly linking a new business school with a transport interchange Modern tertiary education is a far cry from the ivory towers of the past. Not only has the whole concept of an elitist education been turned on its head in recent years, but tertiary facilities are actively merging with the community to remove barriers and encourage participation. The Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) takes this one step further with the opening of the new 20,000m2 Manukau Campus to accommodate the Faculty of Business and IT and the School of Distribution and Logistics. The campus is fully integrated with Auckland Transport’s new Manukau railway station and bus interchange. 8 SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT Architect Blair Johnston of Warren and Mahoney says the combination of education and transport facilities is unique within New Zealand. “The focus has centred on producing the best possible learning environment while also bringing commuters and the people of Manukau City into the heart of MIT, exposing its programmes to the widest possible audience,” he says. “The project is aimed at improved educational outcomes in Manukau, which statistically has a tertiary education uptake rate that is only about half that of the rest of the country. By identifying and removing barriers and thresholds, we have made Preceding pages and below: An exposed white diagrid defines the exterior of the new MIT Manukau Campus and Transport Interchange. The diagrid references traditional weaving patterns, while the triangular forms on the canopy present a similar motif in timber that carries through to the interior. Right:Stairs crisscross the atrium linking all six levels and helping to animate the student facilities.