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Carterton Events Centre

Holloway Street, Carterton

The Carterton Events Centre is located on Holloway Street and forms part of a civic precinct gifted to the town by its founder Charles Rooking Carter. It incorporates an innovative blend of old and new – the refurbished, heritage Public Library building built in 1881, and a new modern Town Hall alongside many other facilities.

Designed to meet both the current and future needs of the Carterton community and wider Wairarapa region this new facility has been delivered for the Carterton District Council through extensive consultation with over 80 different local community groups.

Inspiration for the colour and material palette is taken from the Wairarapa landscape, specifically the Waiohine and Ruamahunga Rivers and Tararua mountain ranges. In the foyer the river theme continues in a large braided inlay, which extends around the exterior of the Town Hall and ‘tuna’ (eel) shaped louvres flow across the front façade. Locally sourced timber, clear finished in Resene Aquaclear waterborne urethane and Resene Qristal Clear Poly-Satin, is used extensively and landscapes by local photographer Pete Nikolaison are significant features.

The natural theme carries through the entire building and is also tweaked and blended to create distinct identities for the many different areas and functions, reinforcing their individual function and identity: Such as the fun and playful Toy Library and the careful restoration of the 1881 Library to its original exterior colour scheme and interior that tells its own story upon closer study. Following an in depth paint analysis of the original paint colours, the heritage library is finished in a traditional palette of Resene Hi-Glo waterborne gloss tinted to Resene Slate Brown and Resene Enamacryl tinted to Resene Sienna and Resene Double Spanish White.

An innovative blend of old and new

the New Carterton Events Centre

The auditorium river is finished in Resene X-200 low sheen weathertight membrane in hues of Resene St Tropaz, Resene Delta Blue, Resene True Blue complemented by a Resene Multishield+ clear finish. The general Auditorium exterior and painted areas in the courtyard are finished in Resene X-200 tinted to Resene Triple Ash. Other exterior areas are finished in Resene Sonyx 101 semi-gloss waterborne enamel tinted to Resene Koru on the Youth centre, Resene Scarlet Gum on the Plunket area and Resene Double Masala on the staff/meeting centre.


The interior palette uses Resene Zylone Sheen low sheen waterborne paint tinted to Resene Sea Fog on general wall areas complemented by Resene Ceiling Paint, punctuated by accent hues of Resene ArmourCat 822 satin lacquer tinted to Resene Bullseye, Resene Limerick, Resene Decadence and Resene Clockwork Orange on the toy library cubes.

The material palette and colourway creates a warm, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere in the Centre that the Carterton Community embrace as their own.


Plunket Exterior / Library

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Resene Slate Brown
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Resene Sienna
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Resene Double Spanish White
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Resene St Tropaz
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Resene Delta Blue
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Resene True Blue
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Resene Triple Ash
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Resene Koru
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Resene Scarlet Gum
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Resene Double Masala
Interior Palette        
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Resene Sea Fog
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Resene Bullseye
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Resene Limerick
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Resene Decadence
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Resene Clockwork Orange

Architectural Specifier: Opus Architecture
Building Contractor: Holmes Construction
Colour Selection: Opus Architecture
Painting Contractor: Phil Carmen
Photographer: Jet Productions
Other Key Contributor: JNL (timber)

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