From the Resene News – issue 4/2010
Naturally calm - DOC, Rangiora
Staff working at the new Department of Conservation building on the corner of River and Lones Road in Rangiora needed a calm working environment. Outside the building exterior needed to reflect the Department of Conservation colours, blend into its new surroundings and use environmentally preferable materials where possible.
The inspiration for this project came naturally from the North Canterbury landscape of flax, tussock, forest, moss and rocky hillsides. The exterior of the building uses COLORSTEEL® Karaka and is clad in board and batten and rendered with Environmental Choice approved Resene Waterborne Woodsman in Resene Cedar. Natural timbers and stone filled Gabion baskets further accentuate the natural exterior.
The colours used throughout the interior are all soft earthy hues, incorporating Resene Lemon Grass (smoky grey green), Resene Sandstone (taupe brown), Resene Double Akaroa (deep taupe) and Resene Craigieburn (landscape brown), all creating a calm restful environment for both staff and visitors alike. Paint finishes are Environmental Choice approved with Resene Zylone Sheen waterborne low sheen on walls and ceilings in Resene Zylone 20 waterborne flat. The reception area features natural stone walls housed within additional Gabion baskets set alongside the glass counter top and plywood work station, drawing the natural exterior atmosphere through to the interior.
With calming material and colour selections inside and out, staff and visitors can go about their day in harmony with their surrounds.
Architectural Specifier: M McMillan
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