From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery — Ponsonby
This project involved an extensive refurbishment of an existing block of six classrooms.
Constructed in 1958, the building was in poor condition and lacked any visual impact within its surroundings. The design involved a complete re-clad and re-roof of the building, replacement of the existing access walkway, small additions to the street frontage and a complete revamp of the interiors.
The original form and style of the building, the internal subdivision along with a review of the entire school internal and external colours were the essential factors in the approach to the refurbishment of the building.
The objective of a bright colour scheme was to reflect the colours of the school (maroon, royal blue and red), its demographics and to enliven the classroom block within the school’s framework of buildings, providing an opportunity to develop school pride. The colours combined with new landscaping serve to open and invigorate the street frontage providing a stronger visual connection to the local community.
New resource rooms provide acoustic and visual separation between a busy street and the classroom. Autex ‘Composition’ acoustic wall lining has been used throughout. The colour of these linings were chosen to complement the external colour scheme without creating an environment that would over stimulate the students.
The entry walls were glazed to the maximum extent to allow more natural light penetration and provide string visual connection with the rest of the school and vista of fields beyond. This light also encourages the reflection of the painted colours on the eastern external walls creating a lively rhythm along the walkway, enhancing the effects of the colours used.
Architectural Specifier: Murray Denby, Eclipse Architecture
Building Contractor: Auckland Construction Ltd
Painting Contractor: ST Taylor Painters & Decorators 2005 Ltd
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