Container colour a winner

Athfield Architect's design for Waterfront House wraps colours of shipping containers into a winning workspace in the 2019 Resene Total Colour Awards

Story by: Resene

Lyttelton Port’s new Waterfront House interior by Athfield Architects is the overall winner of the Nightingale Award at the 2019 Resene Total Colour Awards, celebrating their tenth year.

The winning project team at Athfield Architects Limited explains: “The interior palette references tones of the surrounding Port Hills creating a building which is grounded in nature while being constructed as part of the manufactured port landscape.”

Bespoke meeting pods, uniquely coloured in Resene Kumera and Resene Pickled Bluewood wood stains, act as markers within open-plan work spaces. 

External profiled metal cladding and exposed internal structures are painted in a deep earthy red, Resene Fahrenheit, taking the colour and detailing from shipping containers and wrapping them into the interior.


The new headquarters replaces previous Lyttelton Port Company buildings damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes and supports a cultural shift for the organisation with a collegial pace for the whole company.

Nick Nightingale of Resene says the project cleverly delivers on both function and style, using colours from the port environment. 

"We congratulate Athfield Architects for their masterful way of using colour in an extraordinary interior design for Lyttelton Port Company which helps bring people together from all sides of the port operation,” says Nightingale.

The Resene Total Colour Master Nightingale Award, named after the Nightingale family who founded and still run Resene today, recognises excellence in colour and paint use in New Zealand and Australia. 

Karen Warman Marketing Manager at Resene says that Resene has a long history of colour. 

"Today's colour range of thousands of hues is a world away from the handful that was available when Resene started 73 years ago," she says. 

"The Resene Total Colour Awards were launched to encourage and celebrate excellent and creative use of colour; to showcase striking colour palettes and combinations and provide fresh inspiration.”

Full List of 2019 Resene Total Colour Award Winners:

Resene Total Colour Master Nightingale Award – Overall Winner

Waterfront House interior by Pippa Ensor, Kim Salt and Trevor Watt of Athfield Architects Limited, Wellington, for Lyttelton Port Company

Also winner of the Resene Total Colour Office Interior Award

Winner – University of Canterbury – Rehua by architecture, building, ceiling, daylighting, furniture, house, interior design, leisure, loft, room, sitting, vacation, brown, gray, black
Winner – University of Canterbury – Rehua by Athfield Architects Limited, Wellington

Resene Total Colour Education Award - Winner

University of Canterbury – Rehua by Athfield Architects Limited, Wellington

Resene Total Colour Education – Runner-Up / Colour Maestro Award

Matua Ngaru School - by ASC Architects, Auckland

Winner – The Orchidstra Cocktail bar by Rachel architecture, building, material property, teal
Winner – The Orchidstra Cocktail bar by Rachel Mao, NSW

Resene Total Colour Rising Star Award - Winner

The Orchidstra Cocktail bar by Rachel Mao, NSW

Resene Total Colour Rising Star - Runner-Up / Colour Maestro Award

Naked Salad by Qun Zhang, VIC

Resene Total Colour Bright Spot Award - Winner

Go Bananas shelter by Sharon Shin, Auckland

Winner - Mt Macedon Residence by Charlotte Coote blue, blue and white porcelain, building, ceiling, coffee table, couch, design, estate, furniture, home, house, interior design, living room, patio, porch, property, real estate, room, table, gray
Winner - Mt Macedon Residence by Charlotte Coote of Coote&Co, NSW

Resene Total Colour Residential Interior Award - Winner

Mt Macedon Residence by Charlotte Coote of Coote&Co, NSW

Resene Total Colour Residential Interior - Runner-Up / Colour Maestro Award

Te Iti Kahurangi by Lizzie Cook, Christchurch

Winner – Railley House by Daniel Marshall of architecture, building, estate, facade, home, house, landscape, neighbourhood, palm tree, plant, property, real estate, residential area, roof, tree, white, black, brown
Winner – Railley House by Daniel Marshall of Daniel Marshall Architects, Auckland   

Resene Total Colour Residential Exterior Award - Winner

Railley House by Daniel Marshall of Daniel Marshall Architects, Auckland

Resene Total Colour Residential Exterior - Runner-Up / Colour Maestro Award

Glo Apartments by Nadine Donazzan of DNADesign, NSW

Resene Total Colour Landscape Award - Winner

Merriwa Silos by Christopher Skyner of Authority Creative, NSW

Resene Total Colour Landscape - Runner-Up / Colour Maestro Award 

Te Manawa Playspace by Isthmus, Auckland

Winner – Palliser Estate Winery Tasting Room by backyard, building, cottage, courtyard, door, estate, facade, home, house, patio, property, real estate, roof, room, shed, white
Winner – Palliser Estate Winery Tasting Room by Victoria Read of Aspect Architecture, Martinborough

Resene Total Colour Neutrals Award - Winner

Palliser Estate Winery Tasting Room by Victoria Read of Aspect Architecture, Martinborough

Resene Installation – Experiential - Product Award - Winner

One Man’s Treasure, New Zealand Maritime Museum by Nick Eagles of The Letter Q, Auckland

Resene Installation – Experiential – Product Award - Runner-Up / Colour Maestro Award

Karekare Residency by Lyn Bergquist, Auckland

Resene Total Colour Commercial Interior Public + Retail Award - Winner

Blackwell and Sons: Emporium of Wonder by Mackit Architecture, Greytown

Resene Total Colour Commercial Interior Public + Retail - Runner-Up / Colour Maestro Award

In Good Hands Physio by Michael Cooper of Michael Cooper Architects, Auckland

​​​​​​​Winner – MOTAT Building 6 by Athfield Architects architecture, building, facade, house, magenta, pink, real estate
​​​​​​​Winner – MOTAT Building 6 by Athfield Architects Limited, Wellington & MOTAT, Auckland

Resene Total Colour Commercial Exterior Award - Winner

MOTAT Building 6 by Athfield Architects Limited, Wellington & MOTAT, Auckland

Resene Total Colour Commercial Interior Office Award - Winner

Waterfront House for Lyttelton Port Company by Athfield Architects Limited, Wellington

Resene Total Colour Commercial Interior Shared Space Award - Winner

B:Hive, Smales Farm by BVN, NSW, in association with Jasmax, Auckland

Resene Total Colour Commercial Interior Shared Space - Runner-Up / Colour Maestro Award

Henderson Police Whangaia by GHDWoodhead creativespaces, Wellington/Auckland

Resene Total Colour Heritage Award - Winner

Church of the Holy Passion by Damien Walker of The Studio of Saint Philomena, Rangiora

Resene Total Colour Heritage - Runner-Up / Colour Maestro Award

Waikohanga House by RTA Studio, Auckland, in collaboration with Archifact

Lifetime Achievement - Winner

Debbie Abercrombie

Judges' comments: ‘

If Debbie Abercrombie was a colour, she would be the rainbow. Debbie’s long and successful career as a colour expert has seen her help many clients, from large to small, navigate their way through colour choices to get just the right palette for their project.  

From colour to furniture, commercial to homeowner, Debbie’s portfolio of projects is impressive. Also as a teacher, Debbie has shared her passion for, and knowledge of, colour through her long running colour courses. 

Through Debbie’s work and the work of her students armed with the colour knowledge she has imparted, Debbie’s colour advice and expertise has helped re-colour thousands of projects with many more to come in the future.  

www.debbieabercrombie.co.nz

Aug 29, 2019
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