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A winner in Resene Total Colour Awards 2013
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Commercial Exterior Award Award Winner
Site 7 Auckland Airport


Auckland

This project is a large multi-unit warehouse project at Auckland Airport. It is located in the ’landside’ business park to the north of the existing international terminal and runway. The site is immediately adjacent to the proposed second runway.

The building comprises an 8000 square metre warehouse divided into ten units, each with an attached office building, and seven metre deep canopy protecting roller doors. The building is known commercially as ‘Flex’ in recognition of its ability to be subdivided to the specific requirements of tenants.

There are two main features of the exterior design:

Warehouse project at Auckland Airport

Warehouse project at Auckland Airport

Warehouse project at Auckland Airport

Warehouse project at Auckland Airport

The use of strong colours to identify the building and create interest is also a departure from the usual low-key treatment of warehouse buildings, and was a client-led and most welcome innovation. The request was for the building to be noticeable from two perspectives:

Resene Red Hot
Resene Red Hot
Resene Hyperactive
Resene Hyperactive
Resene Yellow Submarine
Resene Yellow Submarine
Resene Limerick
Resene Limerick
Resene Primetime
Resene Primetime
Resene White
Resene White
Resene Concrete
Resene Concrete
 

The main warehouse cladding colours have been kept low-key to reduce the visual impact of such a large structure. However the gable ends of the building have been painted with 900mm wide brightly coloured stripes that match cladding colours used elsewhere. These are observable from a considerable distance and meet the client’s request for a noticeable presence for the development.

The same bright colours were used on the fibre-cement sheet cladding for each of the ten office areas. Along with giving presence, these also serve to differentiate the units to provide wayfinding and give identity for tenants.

Over each office area and flanking the warehouse canopies is the continuous line of the roof fascias, painted in pure white. Against the backdrop of the neutral warehouse cladding, and the strong colours of the offices, the contrasting brightness of the white emphasises the roof edge as a design feature. The crispness of the white also helps to lighten the overall effect, a move away from the more common drabness of industrial architecture.

Architectural specifier: Murray Denby
Building contractor: Haydn & Rollett
Client: Auckland International Airport
Interior designer: Murray Denby and In Hae Chung

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