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Colour in performing arts auditorium

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Modern performing arts venues are high-tech spaces, and this new venue at Sacred Heart College is no exception. New and existing facilities were combined to create a 600-seat Performing Arts Auditorium with many special features, which include seismic isolation, a sprung, flat floor and fixed raked seating.

The side walls of the auditorium are pleated to minimise sound flutter across the space. This pleating has been articulated by a multitonal palette of Resene Half Tuna (steel grey), Resene Tuna (resolute grey), Resene Double Tuna (deep grey), Resene Half Stack (sandy grey) and Resene Breakfree (bold red). These tones complement the timber handrails, beech flooring and matai acoustic panelling, and signal the school colours and tradition.

To add colour and interest to the foyer, the existing faceted Hardiflex walls were repainted using a multitoned pattern of aqua blues, notably Resene Hullabaloo (bright blue green), Resene Fountain Blue (water blue) and Resene Morning Glory (watery blue).

In the Bellevue foyer, panels were painted in situ. Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel was specified in Resene Livewire (deep ruby red), Resene X Factor (blue red), Resene Breakfree (bold red) and Resene Courage (earth brown.)

General interior areas are finished in Resene Wan White, with doors and exposed steelwork in Resene Fuscous Grey (charcoal grey).


The project has won a Resene Total Colour Education Colour Maestro Award. The judges praised the auditorium's "striking sense of warmth. The juxtaposition of colour is entirely appropriate for this project. In this environment you don't want the colour to be overly powerful, but the palette picks up the school colours without being overdone. It is delightful, with a great focus on the space and colours used."

For more information, or to pick up a fandeck, visit a Resene ColorShop or freephone 0800 RESENE (737 363) .

First published date: 31 March 2014

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