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From the Resene News - issue 4/2016


Seaside shades - Seafield Apartments

From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery of entries

Resene Total Colour Awards 2016
Seafield Apartments

The body corporate building owners of the Seafield Apartments, Auckland, took on the challenge of a well overdue refurbishment of exterior walls, balconies, and replacement of the long run tray roof. Headed by a small determined building committee as representatives of the owners, the team sought out a willing architect to help them realise their desire to bring the building back from a state of disrepair.

The clients were aware that the original building was designed by Vladimir Cacala of Cacala & Leu Architects in 1963. However over the intervening years, various alterations were made to the exterior balconies, including closing in over 50% of the balconies in a piecemeal approach using light-weight residential aluminium joinery. The building was given an exterior makeover with a ‘Post-modern’ approach during the 90s which has dated very quickly, without addressing the failing balcony joinery and roof replacement.

Xsite Architects worked closely and intensely with the building committee on detailed drawings for both resource consent and building consent approvals and on addressing the exterior colour scheme with the driver to refer back to the original clean lines and Mondrian inspired colours of the 1960s Modernist movement.

Initial research for the colour scheme to fit the brief led to the work of modernist artist Milan Mrkusich. His use of colour in abstracted geometry was a great inspiration and quickly won over the building committee.

Seafield Apartments

With further site specific investigation into the existing colours used by the seaside residences and local coastal flora, Pohutukawa, Hibiscus and the like, versions were developed to achieve an acceptable yet exciting colour scheme for the body corporate.

Some of the distinctive colours selected from the Resene charts to reflect the composition and structure of the Cacala building were: Resene Madam M (Pohutukawa, rouge red), Resene Wishlist (aquamarine blue) and Resene Marathon (beachside house colours, blue teal), Resene Buttered Rum (from Milan’s yellow and orange colour palette, golden tan), Resene House White (for its purity and simplicity and a good colour match with the white of the PBS roof facade cladding, cool off-white), Resene Truffle (soft warm beige), Resene Stonehenge (stone grey), Resene Stack (serious grey) and Resene Surrender (seaside beach sands, silver grey), Resene Bokara Grey (a softer version of the pure blacks in abstract work that also links back to the basalt rock coastal walls and Rangitoto off shore, charcoal black) and Resene Scarpa Flow (steel grey). The work was completed using Resene X-200 weathertight membrane and Resene Lumbersider in Resene Alabaster (blackened white on soffits).

Seafield Apartments feature
Seafield Apartments feature

The failing exterior plaster system had to be painstakingly removed from the double brick and concrete substrate before a new waterproof plaster system and remedial concrete repairs was applied, as well as dealing with the fire rating requirements and preparation of older exterior wall paint systems.

The end result is a significant improvement to a landmark building for the area, bringing delight and pride for the owners, neighbours and visitors to the adjacent beachfront.

Seafield Apartments before and after
Seafield Apartments before and after

The Seafield Apartments won the Resene Total Colour Residential Exterior Award. The judges thought "This elegant colour scheme has turned what could have been a very non-descript white block building into a contemporary and pleasing project.

Situated by the beach, this apartment building has been salvaged with paint adding relief with the architecture. The colourways and colour placement are a pleasant surprise as you wander towards the beach, giving the building a new lease of life. The rectangular block is characteristic of the area and era. The addition of colour has articulated the building and added depth yet is completely respectful of the original building design.

" The colour palette is entirely appropriate and rejuvenated this building in a contemporary style."

Architectural specifier: Xsite Architects Ltd
Body corporate building committee: Jon Hooper (chair), Barrie Joll, Sonia Simpson
Building contractor: Eagle & Franich Construction
Client: Seafield Apartments Body Corporate
Colour selection: Malcolm Taylor and Duane Coad of Xsite Architects Ltd.
Painting contractor: Universal Decor Ltd
Project manager: Ian Green, Martin & Green Ltd
Site foreman: Todd Fenton, Eagle & Franich
Specialist plaster work: Sansom Construction Services Ltd

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