This renovation celebrates the charm of the original historic interior paint choices were key

A variety of Resene paints and finishes highlight the original architectural detailing on this luxury penthouse apartment

Old and new  an exterior of the bed frame, bedroom, ceiling, furniture, home, interior design, real estate, room, window, gray
Old and new an exterior of the original Mt Eden Council Chambers House appears as a feature interior wall in this penthouse master bedroom. An introduced skylight washes the wall in natural light.

The Chambers and Station renovation involved the transformation of two grand 100-year-old buildings into luxury apartments with a new glass connecting foyer. The project, by Templeton, was designed by A Studio Architects with Development Advisory Services as development manager, with Cyrus Greenbank at the helm.

"This was a complex job in terms of paint selection alone and Resene went out of their way to help us," Greenbank says. "We went through myriad testpots to get just the right look and Resene really came on board in terms of advice as well."

On this adaptive reuse project, two historic buildings ceiling, daylighting, estate, interior design, living room, lobby, real estate, room, orange, brown
On this adaptive reuse project, two historic buildings have been transformed as upmarket apartments. The detail-rich original interiors were retained and accentuated in the makeover.

In the Council Chambers penthouse living spaces, one of the most architecturally detailed areas, the paint choices included Resene Alabaster in Resene Lusta-Glo semi-gloss enamel for raised parts of the ceiling, on the upper dado rail and on cornices and the ceiling roses. The semi-gloss helps the detailing stand out.

Walls down to the dado line are Resene Albescent White in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen while the architraves are Resene Quarter Cougar, also in durable Resene Lusta-Glo semi-gloss enamel. These were joined by other Resene colours to complete the sensitive renovation.

In the Council Chambers building, the original walls ceiling, estate, home, interior design, living room, property, real estate, room, window, gray
In the Council Chambers building, the original walls were covered in plaster mouldings, so retrofitting with services, patching and then replicating the original mouldings were all part of the adaptive reuse project.

For paint and colour advice, visit a Resene ColorShop, freephone 0800 RESENE (737 363), or go online:

Aug 14, 2017





Similar stories


The Bricklane range of porcelain tiles brings a versatility to residential and commercial spaces. Read more

Removing and restructuring walls makes apartment interior appear more expansive

To revamp a traditional three-bedroom apartment in an aged residential building, architectural designers Lim+Lu's strategy for the task was to challenge... Read more

Fowler Homes Book 2018

See a collection of Fowler Homes best homes as featured in Trends  Read more

Latest books

Home Trends 3402

Placing the kitchen at the heart of a home is not just about creating a convenient zone for easy food preparation and eating meals.Just as important is the way it's seen as an attractive place where family can spend time togeth... Read more

Home Trends 3401

If you're designing a bathroom for a new home or renovating your existing one, you'll quickly discover how involved the process can be.It's not only the challenge of how to fit the different functional zones into the often limi... Read more

Home Trends 3307

While we might all have ideas for the home design that we want, consulting a good architect or designer will also open us up to other design possibilities that we haven't thought of.To help get you started on creating the home ... Read more

Related profiles


TigerTurf provides synthetic turf surfaces for residential lawns and home recreation, commercial landscaping, sports grounds and school campuses. Read more

Architecture Smith + Scully

Architecture Smith + Scully is an award-winning, New Zealand Institute of Architects registered practice. We aim to create contemporary architecture that enhances and enlightens our clients’ daily lives with engagi... Read more


Since 1946, Resene has forged a reputation of excellence and quality in manufacturing products designed to meet the demanding standards of architectural and building industry professionals and homeowners. Read more