From the Resene News – issue 1/2003
Money box - Bank Napier ASB
Situated in the heart of the Napier CPD on a prominent corner site, the art deco ASB Bank Napier branch is a local landmark. Bordering on the entertainment and eating heart of Napier and just 300 metres from the sea, it is a handy source of much needed funds for tourists and locals.
With character oozing out of every joint, extensive care and planning was dedicated to the refurbishment to ensure the final finish melded ASB branding, art deco tradition and local landmark status. The redecoration required the full Resene Project Services approach, with Resene staff involved from the initial specifications and electronic colour scheming through to the running of the tenders and site management in conjunction with the Art Deco Society and the painting contractor. The Resene RenderRite electronic rendering service was utilised to enable all parties to visualise the finished colour scheme on the building, boosting the confidence of all parties that the final finish would be a true reflection of the mutually held vision.
Resene Sonyx 101 semi-gloss acrylic was selected to repaint the previously Resene coated exterior concrete and plaster walls. Located in a high foot and vehicular traffic zone, the building is prone to airborne dirt and dust making a glossier finish desirable for ease of cleaning. Extensive imperfections in the surface ruled out a high gloss finish as this would have accentuated the imperfections. Resene Sonyx 101 was the optimum solution - an easy clean surface with a semi-gloss velvet finish that would hide surface imperfections. The steel window joinery was finished in Resene Super Gloss enamel for a tough high gloss contrast.
The colour palette was dominated by special colour matches to the national branding ASB palette complemented by Art Deco Society selections to fit with the character and style of the building. The finished result cleverly promotes ASB's style without compromising the Art Deco building's inherent character.
Highlighting of intricate architectural details necessitated careful attention to detail and infinite patience. The due diligence by the painting contractor is daily rewarded by the widespread appreciation of the finished façade.
Location, style and cash - it's every banker's dream.
Colour Selection: Robert McGregor, Art Deco Society
Photographer: Clive Ralph
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