From the Resene News – issue Spring 2001

Care for a round? - Kauri Cliffs Lodge

Kauri Cliffs LodgeA quiet spot of Matauri Bay, 30 minutes north of Kerikeri, has been transformed into a haven for golf enthusiasts. Such is its glory, Kauri Cliffs is now rated as one of the top five golf courses in the world - a distinction its owner Julian Robertson, and all those involved in its creation, can truly be proud of.

The Kauri Cliffs lodge looks over the golf course and out to a vista including the Cavalli Islands and Cape Brett. Eight cottages consisting of two suites apiece are well placed to the side of the main lodge. Covering a staggering 1618 hectares, this is one golf course where a golf cart is a must!

New York clients, the Robertsons, briefed Avery Team Architecture to design a golf club and lodge so that all who visit would instantly 'feel at home'.

The design approach considered New Zealand's historical architectural vernacular: wide verandahs and porches, French doors and windows for natural ventilation, high ceilings and the use of local timbers. The finished lodge appears cosily residential to the arriving guest, yet stately when viewed from the golf course.

The comfortable, casual yet elegant feel was reinforced through choices made during the specification process. The stain and paint finishing systems required extensive experimentation to formulate systems that would engender a patina of age.

From non-yellowing Resene Colorwood stain washes on the cottage suites' rough sawn ply interiors, Resene Woodsman stains on their wide board and batten cladding to light washes of Resene Quick Dry and a customised Resene Uracryl 404 topcoat on the clinkered white Totara floors, Resene systems were tailored to provide substrate specific solutions.

Following a visit three months pre-completion, the client 'loved' the colour of the undercoat, such that the earlier approved colour was abandoned and Resene created a colour match to the undercoat.

Exterior plastered brick and weatherboards were coated in Resene Quick Dry acrylic primer undercoat followed by Resene Thixalon 5 to create a brushmarked finish, reminiscent of years of repaints. Interior walls were similarly mimicked using a paint system of Resene Broadwall and Resene Zylone Sheen low sheen acrylic. Feature walls were treated to decorative Resene Resene Paint Effects to complete the heritage theme.

Well received by visitors and guests, the finished buildings embody the elegant ambience of heritage architecture.

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Architects: Wade Setliff, Architectural Design Group Florida, USA
Kerry Avery, Avery Team Architecture Ltd
Builder: John Wildermoth, Haydn and Rollett Construction
Interior Designer: Virginia Fisher
Painting Contractor: Kevin Lorenz, D. Allen Painters
Resene: Russell Pamplin, Northland Branch Manager; Jeremy Croft, Resene Project Services Representative


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