From the Resene News – issue 1/2010
Paint plus performance - Landscape Architecture Building at Lincoln University
The new Landscape Architecture Building at Lincoln University covers 2300 square metres over two levels providing a much needed office area, large open plan design studio space, five computer labs and an atrium.
Outside the concrete and GRC is protected with Resene Aquapel water repellent. Resene Aquapel retains the natural look of cementitious surfaces but provides protection against mould and dirt and makes the finished area easier to clean than one that has been left uncoated.
Paperfaced plasterboard is finished in Resene Zylone Sheen tinted to Resene Black White (grey white), complemented by interior steel finished in Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Bokara Grey (charcoal black).
And as an added feature, lecturers and students are no longer confined to pen and paper for their ideas. Instead thanks to Resene Aquapoxy tinted to Resene Black White in the studio area they can grab themselves a whiteboard marker and start drawing on the walls. Then when they need to revise the concept or run out of room, they can rub out the old and start again, and again, and again.
Other walls and pivoting panels are finished in Resene Magnetic Magic to enable sketches and drawings to be easily hung for presentations and discussions in an attractive and economic manner with no damage to the surface. The Resene Magnetic Magic is topcoated with Resene Black White in some areas and Resene Gunsmoke in others blending in perfectly with its surroundings to the extent that you wouldn’t know the wall was magnetic unless you happened to walk past it and see magnets appearing to defy gravity by clinging onto a seemingly ‘normal’ wall.
The clever use of paints to provide the extra benefits of cleanability outside and magnetic and whiteboard benefits inside is a useful reminder that paint can be so much more than just a decorative finish.
Architect: Sheppard & Rout Architects with Royal Associates Ltd
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