From the Resene News – issue 1/2010
High colour - Contour
Having outgrown their existing factory, Contour required a larger 3500 square metre factory with associated offfices and showroom to accommodate their roofing, windows and steel framing business. The new building, located in Venice Place, Stoke, includes a main shed for roofing, with two 14 metre wide crane gantries running the full length of the 71 metre space. The 8 metre height of the main crane determined the height requirement for this space flanked by 6 metre height clearances for the smaller spaces for steel framing and windows divisions located on the north side.
Influenced by artists such as George Seurat and Bridget Riley, as well as local artists, the roof provides a striking part of the design using blues, greens and silver greys which are the naturally occurring colours of the surrounding sea, sky and mountains. The pattern of colours was initially generated from a photograph of Tasman Bay, which was then carefully worked to provide a non-repetitive composition that breaks the scale of this large building.
Inside, the factory is arranged with the three main structural bays oriented east-west. Openings are predominantly located on the protected north side of the building, allowing sunshine to enter. Storage sheds are located along the southern edge to provide a buffer against southerly winds and noise from the highway. Walls are finished in hues from The Range fashion fandeck with Resene Quarter Silver Sand (near white) accented with Resene Muse (sea green) and complemented by Resene Double Masala (grey) from The Range Whites & Neutrals.
Colour is an essential element of the architectural design of this new factory and continues to make this building a local landmark.
Architect: JTB Architects
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