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From the Resene News – issue 4/2002

Thunderbirds are go - Dalman Architecture

The street level Spicer building space was the ideal move for Dalman Architecture when they outgrew their previous office space. In a quest to build their public profile and break down the perceived barriers between architects and clients, the high profile location was a necessity.

Dalman Architecture

Working to remove traditional perceptions regarding architect aloofness, the large street acing window supports the concept of street level accessibility and acts as a framed monitor. By day its transparency allows an insight into the architect's office; by night it transforms into a back projection screen for digital flythroughs of the practice's work.

The precast exterior concrete was finished in Resene Uracryl tinted to Resene Thunderbird (red orange) for maximum impact and durability. Internally a Resene Super Gloss high gloss, vibrant Resene Thunderbird wall is used as a structuring device. Starting in the Director's office it weaves in an angular fashion bisecting the rectangular open plan space to create a variety of workspaces. All other walls form a low sheen backdrop of Resene Black White (neutral white), carrying selected artworks and an architectural project image gallery showcasing the practice's abilities.

With imitable style of its own, one wonders whether the dramatic weaving wall of Thunderbird should be considered part of the gallery or the decor.

Architect: John McGrail (Project Architect), Richard Dalman (Project Director), Dalman Architecture
Builder: Charles Johnson. Leighs Johnson Construction Ltd
Painting Contractor: Robert Shrigley, Asset Protection Ltd
Resene: Tony Walter, Christchurch Architectural Services Representative


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