Feedback
Total Colour Award winners

Bright Wild Thomas offices


From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery — 1168 Amohia Street, Rotorua

Our intention was also to place the building culturally and historically, except a more literal interpretation.

This building’s exterior solution, while appearing simple, involved understanding a complex range of issues. Firstly, the owners required a presentable corporate face; secondly, the Rotorua CBD Urban Design Guide was quite prescriptive about how buildings should appear and the colours used.

Modern office building exterior

Our intention was also to place the building culturally and historically, except a more literal interpretation. This concept took considerable energy to convince authorities that the building would be more pertinent to Rotorua culture and history than any other new addition to the CBD (taupe colours with terracotta roofs appear to be the current acceptable default).

Office car parks
Dark colour scheme in lobby

An informal conversation with clients revealed the connection of the triangular logo as a depiction of Mokoia Island. Their existing office had occupied a site for more than 25 years, which overlooked the lake and Island. These concept drivers developed further into a glass veil with a pixelated image of Mokoia Island.

This encapsulated the idea where a passer-by might at close encounter wonder what the image represented, but with an explanation or when viewed from a distance it would become apparent.

Bright Wild Thomas offices

Like a photo album captures a memory of the past, the building becomes an album for the client to take a memory of their past location. The rhythm of the existing vertical pillars combined with the graphic veil offer an array of depth and shading, constantly shifting in differing light and view angles. This approach also retains a softened version of the original architecture, preserving 40 years of history in it.

Modern office reception

While the deeper architectural concept focused on the image printed onto the glass veil, the external colour scheme relied more on the subtleties of light, shadows, perception of depth and reflection. The existing concrete is painted a soft grey, a background to the blue of the image pixels and capturing strong shadows. The only breakouts of colour are the deep blue, marking the entry, the black joinery, marking new insertions to old and the green, a service platform, reference to the green of Mokoia Island.

Modern conference room
Modern office interiors

The significance of the connection between Mokoia Island and client is recounted in the interior concept. The most famous and recognisable story of Mokoia Island is one of the Maori love story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai. Starting with the entry gallery, a large-scale photograph of Mokoia Island is installed behind the reception. The journey from the front doors to the reception emulates the crossing of Lake Rotorua to Mokoia Island, as Hinemoa once did.

The flooring tiles and ceiling lighting panels are a metaphor for the water and sky. The organically sculptured reception counter is modeled on the gourd flotation device used by Hinemoa. The remainder of the interior aesthetic is a modern take of the traditional dark wood paneled accountant offices of the past. Regal with a contemporary twist, with a rich diversity on texture, colour and forms. The photograph, using predominantly blues and splashes of greens, inspires colour.

Colours used: Resene Black, Resene Bullitt, Resene Concrete, Resene Cut Glass, Resene Half Concrete, Resene Indian Ink, Resene Pebble Grey, Resene Planter, Resene Triple Concrete.

Products used: Resene decorative paints.

Architectural Specifier: Darryl Church
Building Contractor: Graham Barry Builders Ltd
Colour Selection: Darryl Church
Interior Designer: Darryl Church
Painting Contractor: GMR Holmac
Photographer: David Blake

Download a PDF of this article


Resene Total Colour Awards gallery

The Resene Total Colour Awards celebrate and encourage creative use of colour. For colour and decorating inspiration, browse through the hundreds of projects submitted...

View Award winners:  2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 |

View gallery:  2020 | 2019/18 | 2017 | 2016/15 | 2014/13 | 2012/11/10 |   Win:  Entry information

Resene Total Colour Awards 2010

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, Quality Policy, Environmental Policy and Health & Safety 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