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Regent Park development

The Regent Park development is the only ‘new build’ project in the Wellington City Council Housing Upgrade Project and as such was challenged to provide an ‘exemplar’ of current social housing development.

The existing site had 38 existing bedsit and one-bedroom units housing individuals. The new development comprises units in a mix of housing typologies to accommodate more people from families, couples and singles, and also providing accessible units, all developed using best practice ESD principles.

Regent Park development

The variety of housing types achieves a more integrated fit within the local neighbourhood. The retention of public cross site access assists in merging the development into the physical and social patterns of the local community.

The use of colour provided variance within the development individualising the units for the occupants. The concept of the folding white forms interspersed with strips of colour gives a rhythm and scale to the project that relates to the form of the surrounding Victorian villas.

Regent Park development

Each building type and block has two complementary colours, which alternate with each unit to reinforce a sense of individuality. Colours were selected to harmonise with the selected landscape, planting and the surrounding community, acknowledging the multi-national nature of the occupants.

The colour palette is extensive and carefully curated unit by unit, featuring Resene DNA (yellow green), Resene White Pointer (stark off-white), Resene Clockwork Orange (bold orange), Resene Wedgewood (cornflower blue), Resene Whizz Bang (bright orange), Resene Wazzup (loud yellow), Resene Pulse (flame red), Resene Funk (green yellow), Resene Koromiko (bright orange), Resene Vermont (citrus green), Resene April Sun (gold orange), Resene Koru (verde green), Resene Double Gravel (dark grey neutral) and Resene Triple Friar Grey (brown oxide).

Exterior view

A number of Resene preparation and finishing products were used throughout the Regent Park complex including Environmental Choice approved Resene Sonyx 101 waterborne semi-gloss, Resene Lumbersider low sheen waterborne enamel, Resene X-200 weathertight membrane and Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen . Resene Sun Defier was applied to the coloured panels to assist with the longevity of these elements.

The clever colour selection and placement on the WCC Regent Park Development by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott won the Resene Total Colour Residential Exterior Award. This project also won the Resene Total Colour Maestro Nightingale Award.

Regent Park development - colourful exterior

The judges wholeheartedly agreed that “this project positively contributes to the local community and greater built environment. It stands out without being garish, using colour well with a degree of sophistication not seen in other projects. The WCC Regent Park Development demonstrates such a great use of colour to individualise what could just be seen as a collection of similar houses providing individuality without being overpowering.

Regent Park development - exterior view

The colour gives each home a greater sense of ownership and helps strengthen the elevations with the colour adding to the architectural experience. The setting and colours differentiate the buildings, allowing them to take on the moods of the day, in shadow and sun, generating a sense of movement with colour. The putting together of a palette like this creates intense movement, individuality and it is quite simply clever.

Architectural Specifier: Designgroup Stapleton Elliott
Building Contractor: Hawkins Construction Ltd
Client: Wellington City Council – City Housing Assets
Painting Contractor: JMA Decorators
Winner: Resene Total Colour Residential Exterior Award and Resene Total Colour Maestro Nightingale Award
Project: Resene Total Colour Awards 2012
From the Resene News – issue 4/2012

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