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Southern Institute of Technology Centre of Creative Industries

The Southern Institute of Technology's Centre of Creative Industries has been built "in and around" the former 140 year old St Johns Anglican Church on Tay St in Invercargill, for students in film, animation, game design, fashion, and music programmes.

While often historical buildings are knocked down to make space for new developments, this project was able to keep the Anglican church almost intact, while reinforcing it for earthquake strengthening, and adding two pod classrooms. The resulting building is a contemporary purpose-built facility that includes 140 years of history in the same space.

The heart of the building is an atrium on the first floor where the concept of old and new side by side is featured, with stained glass windows merged with digital screens displaying student projects.

Next to these, a multi-purpose room houses a green screen and sound stage. That room has sparked interest from the film industry, which is experiencing a studio shortage.

The church has been transformed into an open-plan area to host events and concerts, and also houses a cafe, all available to the wider community.

The complex also contains six sound-proof studios, DJ booths and an auditorium for students to practise, rehearse and make all the noise necessary to help them achieve their goals and projects.

The second floor and third floor of the building are filled with modern classrooms with computers and HyFlex technology, cutting edge technology installed in a historical space.

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