From the Resene News – issue 1/2009
What a catch - The Wharf
Once a restaurant, there would be few adults in Auckland that are unfamiliar with the iconic Fisherman's Wharf restaurant prominently located on Northcote Pt. The original restaurant was built on reclaimed land, which was the original approach to the Auckland Harbour Board wharf in the Northcote Borough. Following its boom time as Fisherman’s Wharf from 1971 to 1998, it changed to Doyles Seafood Restaurant for a short period in the late 1990s, came back to life for a few brief months of life as the Phoenix Club before its ill fated association with the failed Rawaka Maori culture tourism venture in 2004. Today, the Wharf has been reinvented with a striking new look as a conference, events and entertainment venue.
The building takes on the aura of a ship’s hull complete with its iconic 12 sided glass wall pods, mounted on concrete bases. The black skin connects the pods and voids with the glass pod reception areas gleaming from within. Criss crossing black painted timber patterns intersect along the black wall areas with a shimmering stainless steel finishing touch at each point of intersection directing attention to the detailing.
The Wharf exterior features Resene Lumbersider CoolColour™ tinted to Resene Black on its extensive base area and centre sides, a bold product and colour choice. Many specifiers would steer away from using such a dark colour in this harsh environment due to its tendency to soak in heat causing stress on the paint, substrate and transferring heat inside. The Resene CoolColour range uses unique pigment technology to reflect more heat than a standard colour, reducing the heat build up.
Resene CoolColour technology™ is Environmental Choice approved and can be used on all sorts of exterior surfaces and applications, from weatherboard cladding and concrete blocks to windowsills. Originally developed for high-gloss roof coatings, Resene CoolColour technology is now popular in a wide range of finishes including Resene Sonyx 101 waterborne semi-gloss, Resene Hi-Glo waterborne gloss, Resene Lumbersider waterborne satin, Resene Enamacryl gloss waterborne enamel, Resene X-200 weathertight membrane, Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel, Resene AquaShield mineral effects and Resene Waterborne Woodsman wood stain.
A landmark restoration on the Auckland waterfront, the Wharf is well and truly dressed for success.
Architect: John Wray, Duo Architects
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