Feedback
From the Resene Total Colour Awards
gallery of entries

Resene Total Colour Awards
Whitireia Building Programme
Download PDF version

Whitireia Faculty of Health and Te Wananga Maori


Porirua

‘Build a community focused campus’ – from this seemingly simple statement the Whitireia Master Plan was developed with a focus on interconnected fully active learning environments that integrate with the local community.

The journey into the architecture of Building Programme 1 begins with a metaphor that, like the geometries of the landscapes, can have multiple interpretative meanings. At one level it is permanent like buildings are, and on another level, transient, like the students passing through them.

Interior and external environments have been considered as fully integrated architecture.

Details start as small pebbles and work their way up to full scale expressions. Concrete has been hewn into delicate carved objects that march along the internal streets and outside into the landscape.

Spaces are designed to flow into each other, hybrid in use and supported with state of the art technologies. Learning streets connect a variety of teaching environments that can be closed off or fully open to each other. Resene CoolColour in Resene Bokara Grey features on the exterior.

Walls are glass; views are enabled from one end of the building to another, such transparency and openness supports the new pedagogical approach Whitireia is taking.

Whitireia exterior

Whitireia interior

Whitireia interior

Technology and services are exposed as are structural elements. Materials have been selected for longevity and robustness, all contributing to the state of the art 21st Century building.

The exterior colour scheme was devised as a direct link back to the immediate environment. A prominent example of this is the red triangles, colour matched to the blood of a shark used in Maori paintings. The steel is painted in Resene Ironsand to reflect continuity with the foreshore and accreted structures found around the Porirua inlet.

Resene Bokara Grey, another prominent colour from the Inlet, was implemented on the external panels to define and accentuate the bold external forms, contrasting with the delicate natural timber brise soleil and intricately carved concrete panels.

Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Ironsand
Resene Ironsand
Resene Black White
Resene Black White
Resene Limerick
Resene Limerick
Resene Bowie
Resene Bowie
Resene Knock Out
Resene Knock Out
Resene Marathon
Resene Marathon
Resene Optimist
Resene Optimist
Resene Black Sheep
Resene Black Sheep
Resene Double Cod Grey
Resene Double Cod Grey
Resene Ipanema
Resene Ipanema
Resene Half Truffle
Resene Half Truffle

The interior colour scheme was designed to complement and support the natural materials the building was constructed of: concrete, steel and glass. In turn these supported the students by providing robust and sustainable urban infrastructure. Feature Resene colours were used alongside warm natural timbers to create a diverse and interesting space which could inspire creativity.

Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen features throughout in Resene Black White, an ideal backdrop to bolder accents of Resene Limerick, Resene Bowie, Resene Knock Out, Resene Marathon, Resene Optimist, Resene Black Sheep, Resene Double Cod Grey, Resene Ipanema and Resene Half Truffle.

Whitireia interior

Whitireia roof and Learning street

The new structure sits on a fully insulated concrete foundation. The first floor and supporting structures are also concrete with upper levels and roof structures created in steel. There is a harmonic relationship between the overlapping of the two construction technologies. The closer to the ground the more like the ground the materials are while upper levels are lighter with finer detailing letting in light, heat and providing views.

Architectural specifier: CGM + Foster Architects Ltd
Building contractor: Maycroft Construction
Client: Whitireia Polytechnic
Interior designer: Susanne Miller, GAZE Commercial
Painting contractor: A & D Decorators
Photographer: Jason Mann

Resene Paints Ltd

Resene Paints Ltd   – www.resene.com

We would love to hear from you if you wish to use Resene's images, information and ideas for social medial, blogs, newsletters and other media use. Please email update@resene.co.nz and let us know what you need, what it is for and how Resene will be acknowledged as the source of the content. We are happy to assist with most requests.

Our vision is to be respected as a trusted, ethical and sustainable company and acknowledged as the leading provider of innovative paint and colour technology. View Resene’s profile and Environmental Policy.

Any personal data, such as name, address, phone, email details, supplied to Resene for the purposes of receiving newsletters, orders etc will be retained by Resene Paints Ltd and used only by Resene Paints Ltd and its trusted agencies for the purposes of communication/promotion/providing service to you. We do not sell, trade or otherwise transfer your personal data to outside third parties.. If you wish to opt out of communication from Resene please complete our contact us form. View our full Privacy Policy.

Colours shown on this website are a representation only. Please refer to the actual paint or product sample. Resene colour charts, testpots and samples are available for ordering online.   See measurements/conversions for more details on how electronic colour values are achieved.

View Videos