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The Gorgeous Apartment

Mt Victoria, Wellington

Colour helps transform 60 square metres of dreariness into an entertainer’s paradise. This project combines a small inner city home and a client who likes sharing joy with friends.

The 1960s apartment was gutted to allow a modern interior. Against a background of Resene Alabaster, colour and texture are used strategically to enhance the spaciousness… on the floors, a door, feature walls, lighting and a bespoke noticeboard depicting Wellington harbour. As guests enter via the dull communal stairwell, they are greeted with a burst of colour and liveliness. It creates an air of happiness and promises good times. The client enjoys bright colours but as the apartment is small, very sunny, and includes many brightly coloured accessories, colour was used sparingly, yet daringly.

The brief was to create a joyful environment that would be cosy for a couple alone, yet lend itself to significant entertaining.

Resene Citrus is used on Cortica cork tiles on the bathroom and kitchen floors and on a feature wall in the master bedroom. The bathroom entry is the bold Resene Gold Drop that contrasts dramatically with the Resene Citrus floor and the shaped woven bamboo wall. As a small tribute to the previous incarnation, two old stools are given a new lease of life and painted to match the floors and walls.

Wellington Harbour is referenced in a noticeboard of Autex Composition ink and lime designed especially to balance the coloured cork with the glass, stainless steel, recycled matai and a bespoke polished concrete benchtop – a key feature of the room.

As night-time falls, the colours and materials are enhanced by the ‘designer’s folly’ – a square metre internal recess in the ceiling lined with flashing coloured LED lighting. The pièce de résistance in this entertainer’s paradise.


Kitchen and Bathroom


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Architectural Specifier: Walker Architecture & Design
Painting Contractor: Jades Painting

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