King's School


Insite Facades was engaged by Aspec Construction to deliver a large complicated terracotta tile rainscreen project for Kings School in Remuera.

The design incorporated terracotta wings that protruded between the inter-classroom junctions, and various lengths that would give the building a sense of classic modernism.

Twenty-four pallets of imported terracotta tiles and custom designed extruded terracotta baguettes made up a 28-tonne shipment from our suppliers in Germany. With meticulous set-out and structure coordination from the site management experts at Aspec, the fins started to take shape in the last quarter of 2017, with completion in early 2018.

Insite Facades required a dedicated team of 12 installers for 6 months on the project, to close-out the technical rainscreen elements, whilst also delivering the full curtain wall contract, simultaneously.  The scope included a wrap-shield that provides a weathering barrier behind the brickwork, as well as our own rainscreen elements of 15x3M high pre-assembled baguettes, and complex flashings to the bottom of the fins.

The design was challenging, however together with Warren & Mahoney Architects (WAM), Aspec worked through the complex junction detail squeezing the result into a tight and non-negotiable time frame, this allowed the prestigious school to re-open on schedule.

This project is a credit to both WAM and Aspec, with the combined installation expertise of Insite Facades and Thermosash Ltd's manufacturing horsepower and window solutions.

Our own Magni telescopic handler equipment was used for the challenging installation methodology to lift and install the terracotta baguettes to predefined bolted position between I-beams. The final result delivered a stunning facade/rainscreen solution on one of Auckland's iconic educational facilities.

Kings School deserved the accolade of Auckland Architecture Awards Winner 2018, click to view the article on the NZIA website.


Client: King's School

LOCATION Auckland, New Zealand
ARCHITECT Warren & Mahoney Architects
MAIN CONTRACTOR Aspec Construction Ltd