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Pā Rongorongo Info Hub

Pā Rongorongo Info Hub

Auckland designer Angus Muir has designed and built a new information centre for city-centre residents and visitors. Amidst all the disruption from large transport and high-rise projects, the city needed a physical information centre to communicate the changes with residents and visitors. 

Angus has transformed two shipping containers internally and externally to create an information centre for categories such as arts and culture, cycleways, walking routes, heritage spaces, urban forests and Māori sites of significance. A joint project between Auckland Council and Auckland Transport, Pā Rongorongo contains up-to-date information on all the construction work downtown and allows people to customise their own walking tours of the area. 

Doubling as an art installation, at night, the exterior glows in different colours, while inside, a warm plywood interior acts as a display and learning space. Angus has used prefinished PlyPlay™ Naturally Naked and designed a series of slots in the board to accommodate a custom click system. This allows shelves, signage, story panels, and 3D cityscape models to be clipped onto the wall for display. 

‘PlyPlay gave us a hard-wearing, beautiful clear finish,’ says Angus. ‘Being precoated, it made the whole process more streamlined, which was ideal for creating a temporary space.’

Prefinished plywood panels in visitor centre
Prefinished plywood panels in visitor centre
Pa Rongorongo information hub

CREDITS

Project: Pā Rongorongo, Auckland
Client: Auckland Council and Auckland Transport
Design and build: Angus Muir Design
Graphic design: Brogen Averill
Photographer: Asher Walker
Text: Folio

A light and airy plywood loft

A light and airy plywood loft

Creating characterful spaces that would handle the knocks was a priority for Auckland designer Richard Furze when designing his new loft. But so was time and cost savings. PlyPlay provided a solution that would shave weeks off the timeframe and result in a beautiful, pre-finished plywood surface.

 

plywood lining loft living room
plywood wall lining living room dining

 

The loft is designed for flexible guest accommodation and as extra play space for the kids. Neatly located above his double garage and below height-to-boundary daylight lines, the 48-square-metre space provides a lounge, double bedroom, bathroom and kid's cubby-come-storage space in the apex.

Furze chose blonded PlyPlay™ wall and ceiling linings for their character and speed of installation. The pre-finished product provides time and cost benefits because it avoids the need for plastering and painting trades, and the robust surface means far less wear-and-tear over time when compared with painted plasterboard.

"I wanted ply for its warmth and texture, but also for practical reasons," explains Furze. "The low sloping ceilings will undoubtedly get knocked, and plywood stands up to this better than other options, meaning less maintenance. We had time and cost constraints too, and wanted all the linings to come pre-finished so we could move in early."

 

plywood lining loft living room
plywood lining bathroom

 

The plywood provides a modern, soft industrial feeling to the space. Well-placed skylights and a blonded finish reflect the light around. Rooms feel larger and more spacious. Furze has contrasted the plywood with black doors, black lights and dark tiles in the bathroom for a clean, contemporary look. 

PlyPlay™ has a tough and environmentally friendly factory-applied UV paint finish, and is glued and panel-pinned to the framing on site. "The ply arrived on site with its protective film, and the builders definitely treated it with more respect because of this cover," says Furze. With coatings applied in a controlled factory environment, all panels arrive ready to install, making for a consistent interior finish.

 

plywood wall lining loft staircase
plywood wall lining home gym
garage loft extension

CREDITS

Photos: Bryce Carleton
Copywriting: Folio

PlyPlay adds texture and pattern to boutique apartments

PlyPlay adds texture and pattern to boutique apartments

Set in a characterful mixed-use neighbourhood in Auckland’s Ponsonby is 43 Brown Street, a boutique apartment development by Legacy Property. Clad in brick, with exposed concrete and steel interiors, the building references the heritage warehouses of the area. The design, by architect Conway Brooks, shows honesty and authenticity in its materials and scale, and in a style that nestles in beautifully with the area’s eclectic built environment.

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Exposed masonry and concrete construction provide a far higher sustainability rating than timber framing, thanks to the high thermal mass floors and walls. Not only functioning as excellent heat sinks, these materials also mean fewer trades on site, as the construction finish becomes the final finish after being polished and/or painted. 

plywood-feature-wall-living-room

Apartment living spaces feature high studs, exposed steel beams, timber shuttering and services painted out in white for simple, light-filled interiors. Interior designer Sonya Cotter detailed all the built-in cabinetry and finishes in the bathrooms, kitchens and living areas. She chose PlyPlay™ to line living-room and bedroom walls in keeping with the architect’s design concept. The pre-finished pine plywood allowed for a faster install time with fewer trades on site. Its blonded factory finish complements and softens the white walls with the warmth of timber.

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‘The great thing about plywood as a wall lining compared with a veneer is the timber pattern comes in a large format,’ says Cotter. ‘You don’t have the stripes of a veneer. Instead, the ply has this big show of grain displayed right across the room to create a lot of movement and interest. Every sheet is different and it shows a lot of character and warmth.’

plywood-feature-wall-kitchen-dining

The versatile PlyPlay™ softens the concrete in the space while still complementing its soft-industrial aesthetic. The neutral background allows each resident to style their interior according to their taste in furnishings and fabrics. Darker furniture and fittings provide a more sophisticated, city character, while introducing bright colours gives an interior a younger and livelier touch.

CREDITS

Photos: Bryce Carleton
Copywriting: Folio

 PlyPlay transforms a garage into a play space

PlyPlay transforms a garage into a play space

With the trend toward smaller lot and house sizes, it’s time to revisit the humble garage. Its potential as a multifunctional space is largely untapped, but with the right materials, fittings and design it can be transformed into an attractive and versatile room. In addition to storing cars, it can also serve as a family breakout space, workshop or project space. It can even change use according to the season. Whether you have tots or teens, or an empty nest, the garage is ready to be viewed as a space that can be used for more.

 

Interior designer Sonya Cotter has styled this Auckland garage three ways: as a secondary living room, as a games room and for a practical yet comfortable gardening workspace. To the existing dark blue polypropylene carpet, she has selected pre-finished PlyPlay™. “The plywood immediately transforms the room with the warmth of timber,” she says. “It feels more welcoming, which is important for a family space, but also because garages are inadvertently used as another entry into the home.”

PlayPlay Garage - Break Out Space

 

PlyPlay™ provides equal measures of style and practicality making the space as desirable as it is functional. Glued and panel pinned to the existing plasterboard lining, the plywood offers a strong surface for hooks and fittings. Whether storing bicycles from the ceiling, hanging gardening tools or a bean bag, hooks and brackets won’t rip out like they can from plasterboard. And if a hook is removed, the hole hardly shows due to the texture of the wood.

Play Play Garage - Activity Space

 

Being prefinished also means the construction time is quick and relatively mess-free. Builder Phil Hays lined this garage in under two days. “It took me about half an hour per sheet to install,” he explains, “and because they are pre-finished, I was the only contractor required. No need for plastering or painting trades. The protective plastic on the PlyPlay surface allowed me to easily mark my cut lines, which sped up the installation.”

 

Maintenance is also an important consideration for garages, as anyone storing sports or gardening gear can attest to. Bumped and marked plasterboard is not attractive and takes a lot of work to keep clean. PlyPlay™ by contrast, has a strong Ecoply substrate and durable UV-cured polyurethane finish. It handles more knocks, wear and tear and is easy to clean with a soft wet sponge.

CREDITS

Photos: Bryce Carleton
Copywriting: Folio