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Manukau Campus, AUT

The ‘MD’ building was a refurbishment of an existing commercial building into vibrant teaching spaces, administration offices and cafeteria, specifically to accommodate AUT’s Bachelor of Education Pasifika Early Childhood Teaching programme.

Auckland University of Technology Manukau Campus refurbishment

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has established a new presence in South Auckland with the opening of its Manukau Campus. The ‘MD’ building was a refurbishment of an existing commercial building into vibrant teaching spaces, administration offices and cafeteria, specifically to accommodate AUT’s Bachelor of Education Pasifika Early Childhood Teaching programme. Colour plays an important role in both Pacific Island culture and Early Childhood education. Colour has been used in multiple ways throughout the building to define individual spaces, to craft an identity for the specialism and to create a playful, engaging and welcoming learning environment.

Consultation for selecting the colours was carried out with user groups to ensure the spaces reflected the energy and enthusiasm of the students and teaching staff. Inspiration came from tropical flowers, from bright Pacific prints and from tapa cloth. Colours were chosen to complement surrounding materials and the environment.

When the ground floor circulation was widened, bold feature colours of Resene Guru (turquoise blue), Resene Lipstick (fuchsia pink), Resene Phoenix (flame orange) and Resene Karma (green yellow) were applied to the main structure that was exposed, defining the circulation spine and forming the backbone of the building. In the classrooms complementary pinboard colours were used to enrich each space.

Manukau Campus, AUT, repainted with Resene paint in bright colours

Glass transfers of fern and basket weave visually link the building with the neighbouring MC building and were selected in conjunction with that building’s architects.

The interior broadwall paint finishes of Resene Broadwall Waterborne Wallboard Sealer with topcoats in Resene Zylone Sheen low sheen waterborne complemented by Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel on trims are all Environmental Choice and low odour, minimising the environmental impacts of the project.

Finishing touches include Resene Mojito (earthy tan) on the doors, Resene Poprock (yellow green) on the glass splashbacks and Resene White on ceilings and architraves. The result has proven very successful with staff and students alike and the flexibility of the overall design has allowed the university to engage the classrooms for a broader range of subjects than originally envisioned.

Architectural Specifier: Babbage Architecture
Building Contractor: Alliance Construction Ltd
Painting Contractor: NTP Painting and Decorating Services Ltd
Photographer: Joanne Ryves and Charlotte Rose, Babbage Architecture
From the Resene News – issue 2/2012


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