Te Kahui Auaha campus, Wellington

Architect/Designer: foster+melville     Contractor/Installer: Christie Flooring Wellington

Te Kahui Auaha campus

Te Kahui Auaha is a purpose-built campus in the heart of Wellington that houses the creative programmes of both Whitireia and WelTec.  With facilities for photography and film, hair and beauty, dance, audio recording and other creative technologies such as jewellery making and other forms of visual arts, it was important that a wide range of durable products were considered for the floors.

From an aesthetic perspective, foster+melville architects looked for vibrant colours that would represent the eclectic mix of creative courses offered at the new campus. They wished to express this energy through traditional and cultural inspired designs, performing a way-finding and locating role as well as being aesthetically pleasing.

The flexibility, range and installation methods offered by Jacobsen made this all possible.  Shaw Colour at Work carpet tiles were used throughout many of the spaces.  Saturate tiles in Flame, Yellow, Green, Chartreuse, Cyan and Blue were layed with Black in a herringbone pattern in the communal hallways, while the larger Achromatic tiles in Silver and Black were used to contrast the work spaces.  To maximise the sound absorption, the Achromatic carpet tiles utilised Shaws ecologix acoustic backing.

For areas that required greater durability and slip resistance, such as the kitchenettes, bathrooms, massage therapy studios, and hair and beauty studios, Tarkett iQ Granit and Granit Safe.T were utilised in neutral schemes with a pop of red in the kitchenettes.  And the extremely durable and slip resistant Regupol Everoll core was used on the stairwells with Tredsafe Stairnosing AA113.

Overall, foster+melville did a great job of delivering a creative yet durable environment for students to learn in.

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