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From the Resene News – issue 1/2006

Waterworld - Porirua Trust Aquatic Centre

Porirua Trust Aquatic CentreAir and light meets the childlike feel of a fantasy world with the recent upgrade of the . The brief called for event theming and interior design entwining them together in a unique way for the foyer, cafè and pool areas banishing the tired and cluttered look from the much-loved public facility.

Coloured washes create beautiful light and enhance a sky of shimmering floating bubbles. Everywhere you cast your eye, bubble shapes, iridescent decals, frosted surfaces, aluminium and gleaming silver finishes work together to enhance the illusion.

Decorative swans are finished in Resene Quick Dry Acrylic Primer Undercoat followed by Resene Lumbersider satin acrylic and pearlescent coats of Resene Pearl Shimmer decorated with glitter stars. The starstruck finish was then finished in Resene Multishield+ acrylic glaze to protect the dazzling finish.

Previously painted old galvanised steel railings, panels and wires showing signs of corrosion, flaking and mould were brought back to life with careful surface preparation, with a topcoat system of Resene Enamacryl Metallic with a final protective coat of Resene Uracryl 403.

Paperfaced plasterboard in non pool areas was treated with Resene Sureseal first where waterstained to seal in stains then finished in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen waterborne enamel for a tough durable finish with low odour to minimise disruption to centre users.

In the swimming pool area, paperfaced plasterboard was finished with Resene Sureseal to seal in visible waterstains followed by the high gloss of Resene Enamacryl for an easy clean attractive gloss finish. The mural feature wall was commenced with spot priming with Resene Concrete Primer on damaged areas of the concrete wall substrate followed by a paint system of Resene Acrylic Undercoat and Resene Enamacryl, a topcoat system repeated on once varnished timber doors and frames.

The hydroslide tower gleams in Resene Enamacryl high gloss combined with Resene Enamacryl Metallic protected by Resene Aquaclear for a striking feature.

Porirua Trust Aquatic Centre

The palette for the centre extends through water inspired greens and blues to clean edged silver and blast metallics in keeping with the aquatic atmosphere, with hues of Resene Gotham (sea blue), Resene Ivanhoe (slate blue), Resene Sorrento (serene blue green), Resene Abacus (pale slate blue) and Resene Bel Air (watery green) joined by Resene Blast Grey 3 (grey metallic), Resene Silver Aluminium (silver metallic) and Resene Eighth Oilskin (dusky taupe).

Porirua Trust Aquatic Centre

Splish, splash, splosh meets dazzle, glitter and glow... going for a swim has never been so much fun.

Client: Recreation Porirua
Designer: Cut The Mustard
Painting Contractor: Programmed Maintenance Services,Wellington
Resene: Camille Jaspers, Wellington Architectural Services Representative

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