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Located on a site overlooking the Tasman Sea, the Okurukuru Café, Restaurant and Function Centre needed a roof that would blend in with the environment

At one with nature

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The West Coast of the North Island is prone to some rugged weather conditions, but its spectacular ocean views make it an appealing destination for both residents and tourists.

The Okurukuru Café, Restaurant and Function Centre near New Plymouth enjoys views of the coastline from Oakura to the Sugar Loaf Islands, and a vista of Mt Taranaki.

The facility includes a commercial vineyard, which visitors can also look out over.

The owners, Peter and Chris Hayward, were keen to ensure their business venture would blend in with its natural environment.

One of the ways they did this was to design the building's curved roof to resemble the swell of the sea. They also consulted with Cherie Milne of New Zealand Steel and Geoff Andrews of Taranaki Steelformers to find a suitable roofing product.

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The pair recommended Colorsteel® Endura™, a new pre-painted steel product developed for buildings in both severe and moderate environments, which they believed would suit the coastal environment. The product was used in 18m sheets and rollformed by Taranaki Steelformers.

Colorsteel Endura pre-painted steel is available in 24 nature-inspired colours, including New Denim Blue, which was used for this project.

Also new from New Zealand Steel is Colorsteel Maxx™, which was developed for use in very severe environments. Available in 12 designer colours, it has a Zincalume® coating that provides extra corrosion resistance.

Another exterior design feature of the Okurukuru Café, Restaurant and Function Centre is the installation of a dozen 10m-long poles that serve as struts for the structure.

The café entrance hall includes a viewing window over the fermentation room, and the upstairs restaurant features a mezzanine floor with glazed walls, and a deck for extensive sea views.

The downstairs function centre is situated opposite the barrel room. When wine production is not underway, the room can be opened up to create extra space.

For more information about Colorsteel products, contact New Zealand Steel, Private Bag 92 121, Auckland, phone (09) 375 8999, fax (09) 375 8213. Website:www.colorsteel.co.nz .

For more information about the project, contact Okurukuru Café, Restaurant and Function Centre, PO Box 4110, New Plymouth, phone/fax (06) 751 0787. Website:www.thevineyard.co.nz .

First published date: 23 August 2004

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