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Plywood-lined Pā Rongorongo Info Hub

Plywood-lined 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


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

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.

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. 

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.


‘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.’


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.


Photos: Bryce Carleton
Copywriting: Folio