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From the Resene News - issue 3/2017

Space shifter - PRau Offices

From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery of entries

Resene Total Colour Awards 2016
PRau Offices-Christchurch

The colour scheme and artworks in this PRau office space project manifested organically over a couple of years.

The office breaks into three main areas of use – studio space, meeting space and amenity space. A different visual or atmospheric approach has been chosen for each. The meeting space painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Blackjack is quiet and recessive. The studio space in Resene Half Black White is light and spacious, and the amenity spaces are deliberately dynamic and exciting.

A dazzle camouflage pattern taken from World War 2 battleships was used to create a striking entrance in hues of Resene Black White, Resene Blackjack and Resene Primetime. Resene Primetime was chosen as a historical reference to the colours that were occasionally added to the dazzle camouflage paint references of battleships, while also tying in with the company’s branding. The foyer space and bathrooms were banal amenity spaces, so the graphic approach was used to shift the feeling of the space. The camouflage pattern masks the shape and corners of the rooms, blending walls, doors and ceilings together, engaging the viewer when experienced.

The most difficult challenge was masking and sequencing the pattern in the foyer and bathrooms. It was a long process and had to be done over three sessions, one for each colour.

The street art duo BMD (now working individually as Andrew J Steel and D-Side) were commissioned to create a custom backdrop to the main office space formed of their hieroglyphic characters. The wall, which is often mistaken for wallpaper, lifts the space and even those who regularly use the space are constantly seeing characters within it that they have not noticed before.

PRau Offices-Christchurch foyer and bathroom
PRau Offices-Christchurch
PRau Offices-Christchurch

Architectural specifier: Phil Redmond
Building contractor: Forum Construction
Other key contributor – artwork: Andrew J Steel and D-Side

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