Category: 5. Interior Innovation
For innovative use of wood or a wood panel product as a signature feature, in a predominantly wood building, adding ambience, flair and practicality.
Darryl Church Architecture Ltd
The interiors were an integral part of the structure from concept design. We really wanted to express the timber structure and articulate the connections. Specifications called for structural members to have quality face finishes and all visible fixings analysed and detailed accordingly. Exposing the floor structure required areas of exposed services, which have been partially concealed by Asona acoustic panel inserts and cable tray. We have eliminated the requirement for any cover up trims, skirtings, architrave and the detailing called for some exacting work on behalf of the contractor.
While timber features predominantly, we have broken areas with splashes of colour in doors and built-in joinery and acoustic wall linings. In the teaching areas the flooring, acoustic panels and stained plywood linings are linked to provide an interesting colour graphic. Colours are a complimentary play on greens, which work well with the timber and controlled injections of rusty reds, linking the Waiariki corporate red.
The upper gallery features a wall of PSP Twinwall, which allows natural light from the clerestory to enter the workshop. Clear glass panel inserts allow the students to observe testing in the workshop also.
Polished concrete on ground floor deemed suitable for the extreme nature of the site, and carpet tiles in the upper floors for acoustics.
Left over plywood and LVL were salvaged and designed into a reception bench seat/magazine table piece of stand-alone furniture. We designed instruction panels, which explains the basic ESD principles of the building and indicated how the users could use the building controls to manual ventilate the spaces.