From the Resene News – issue 2/2016
From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery of entries
An existing 1960s rectangular two storey house sat across this Auckland site like a dam, blocking any transition between the street and the sea. The house was in poor repair, and when it was time to design a new house, it needed to work with the landscape.
Despite the allure of the seaward end of the site, it was decided to pull back from the edge and let the landscape re-engage with the sea.
The house consists of two elements, oblique and sliding past each other, with a bridging element across a section of 'reconstructed landscape'. A series of water features terrace downward through the courtyard in the middle of the house.
The concept for the colour selection came from the vibrant coloured clay exposed when excavating the site for construction. Of the many naturally occurring layers of reds and oranges, three shades were used as inspiration for the Resene paint colours applied to the wings of the shaft windows. The captured eastern light is subtly warmed reflecting off these painted walls, enlivening the main living and dining spaces.
Resene products were used liberally throughout the interior and exterior of this project. The colours used in the interior were selected to complement the client's extensive art collection. The three shades of red, orange and yellow adorning the window reveals and cabinetry of the kitchen and living were intended to evoke the warm glow one experiences in the loggia of a Spanish hacienda. Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Lemoncello (egg yolk yellow), Resene Hero (knocked back orange) and Resene Fire (brick orange) warm the space, while on the exterior, Resene Equilibrium complements the feature landscaping.
This site and home now have a real sense they belong together with the natural flow between the two.
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