The school is located within the Christchurch CBD and can accommodate approximately 800 students. Ao Tawhiti’s unique urban location presented an opportunity for alternative and creative design solutions to be adopted to allow maximum engagement with the city and use it to complement the indoor learning environment. The central atrium, stairwell, social and eating spaces create the heart of the school, and the learning communities on each floor enable the building to work as a whole. Internally, learning space is created for flexibility, versatility, and agility through a combination of specialist and general spaces. The rooms are specifically designed to create engaging spaces that support experimental and inquiry-based learning.