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From the Resene News – issue 1/2016


Finishing touches - Mobico building

From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery of entries

Resene Total Colour Awards 2015
Mobico building

Painting a CBD two storey building over winter is challenge enough for most. Even more so when you need to bring out the best of a building’s design in a street where many buildings have not had such careful treatment.

Once the Albrookes Warehouse & Office, this building was then occupied by the Auckland Dairy Co-op, before later becoming home to Reef Shipping. Originally built in the 1920s on Auckland’s original shore line on Beach Road, the design has references to the Neoclassic Architecture of the late 18th Century as well as details from the Art Deco period. The colour scheme takes a cue from the renowned Chicago Waldolf Hotel, where the hint of copper and gold accents the building.

Now known as the Mobico building, it was first coated in Resene Element (earthy stone), using Resene Lumbersider as the main coating for a low sheen finish, sympathetic to the weathered exterior and the less than perfect surface. Key elements were then picked out using the Resene metallic range in Resene Gold (gold metallic), Resene Blast Yellow (copper brass) and Resene Spark (brown metallic), transforming what could have been a very ordinary repaint into a cleverly combined colour palette that draws attention to the key building features

Mobico building

This project won the Resene Total Colour Heritage Award. The judges thought "In a modern interpretation of heritage, it’s so nice to see something different; a twist with the use of metallics to make reference to the period and style of the great Chicago skyscrapers that changed the skyline all over the world from the late 1890s. The line and form is strengthened with the use of colour highlighting key detailing. Simplicity is reinforced by layered colour. It’s such an admirable effort to transform an ordinary building to stand out from its mediocre surroundings."

Mobico building facade
Mobico building feature
Mobico building feature
Mobico building before and after

Architectural specifier: Malcolm Taylor, XSite Architects Ltd
Client: MOBICO
Painting contractor: TBS Group

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