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In the new Auckland City Hospital, expansive glazing, landscaping and colour provide natural light and a visual connection to the outdoors



Colour was used as an informal language throughout the interior, say the architects. Many of the colours were selected for their calming and welcoming qualities, with more vibrant shades used in the public areas to convey feelings of energy, warmth and wellness.

Resene Zylone SpaceCote, a low-sheen, waterborne enamel paint, was specified to complement the many large walls of the hospital, says Karen Warman of Resene. A variety of Resene colours were used including Resene Cararra, Parchment, Akaroa, Cab Sav and Thunderbird.

"This paint combines versatility, enamel-style toughness and durability with a low-sheen finish.

It is adaptable, so that it can also be used on joinery and trim, both inside and out, and on all interior broadwall areas."

This new product was originally developed for use on high-use broadwall areas such as in schools, hospitals and public arenas – high traffic areas prone to wear and tear, says Warman. The easy-to-apply paint provides a silky smooth surface.


Warman says in light-critical areas, Resene Zylone SpaceCote's reduced side sheen minimises the appearance of surface imperfections.

"Combined with a skim coating of Resene Broadwall Surface Prep, an even Level 5 finish can easily be achieved."

The low odour of Resene Zylone SpaceCote makes it well-suited to areas that need to be back in service quickly after coating. Given the project's rigid deadlines, this was a key factor for those involved in the fitout of the new Auckland City Hospital. Resene Zylone SpaceCote is available in more than 2000 colours.

For further information about Resene Zylone Spacecote, phone 0800 Resene (737 363) or visit the .

First published date: 12 October 2003

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