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A striking feature wall in black satin plywood

A striking feature wall in black satin plywood

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A PlyPlay feature wall adds character and robust surfaces for everyday family use.


This compact, cedar-clad house is located on a steep site in Arrowtown with spectacular views of The Remarkables and The Hills Golf Course. Designed by Hofmans Architects, the classic modernist box has a trapezoidal roof and walls, creating beautiful folds in the elevation and roof plane. A warm walnut stain to the cedar harmonises with a rusty red corten steel-clad basement; the lightweight timber offset by the weight and mass of the steel base.

Contrasting with the warm and earthy exterior, the soft grey walls and floors of the interior are set off by a large, black PlyPlay feature wall. Wrapping the kitchen, laundry and kids’ bedrooms, it creates a striking feature through the living room, entrance and TV room. This design detail emphasises the space planning and provides a robust wall and door surface which kids constantly scuff past.

Interior designer Stuart Bateman specified PlyPlay Double Trouble – a prefinished 12mm class I (BD) pine plywood with a satin, black stain finish. The design brief was for neutral and natural tones, but with some fun and quirky elements. Bateman has contrasted the black plywood wall with a Melamine kitchen in three different tones. This visually breaks the joinery into smaller elements, as well as reducing the scale of the kitchen overall.

Builder Myles Herschell of MWH Construction said PlyPlay was easy to work with on the project and very stable during the storage time on-site. ‘For the corner finishing, we cut a 45-degree bevel on a slide saw to get mitred edges,’ says Herschell, ‘then we sanded and stained the edges. We glued and clamped the corners, applying expanding Gorilla Glue so we could knock off any excess glue after it set to get a neat, clean line.’

In addition to wall lining, PlyPlay was used to build a TV cabinet and built-in seat (doubling as storage) in an alcove near the front door.

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CREDITS

Project: Arrowtown family home
Architect: Hofmans Architects Ltd
Interior design: Stuart Bateman
Builder: MWH Construction
Photos: Bryce Carleton
Copywriting: Folio

PlyPlay can be purchased from CARTERS.

End-of-trip facilities transforming daily commutes

End-of-trip facilities transforming daily commutes

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With Auckland City's focus on, and investment in, active transport - more cycle lanes and safer pedestrian crossings - building owners are supporting this behavioural shift by providing better end-of-trip facilities. The recent refurbishment of 82 Wyndham Street is an exemplar of secure bike storage and high-quality bathroom facilities for cyclists and walkers, encouraging more people to use these modes of transport.  

Designed by Ignite for Argosy Property Limited, the 1998 interior has been transformed into energy-efficient office space with a 5 Green Star rating. The upgrade includes replacing HVAC, lighting, surface finishes, and creating new, high-end public lobbies and communal spaces. The end-of-trip (EOT) facility is a very desirable feature for CBD buildings, and it supports the building's green credentials. 

Ignite has transformed an underutilised basement storage space to create the new bike store, locker bay, and bathrooms, with a dedicated entrance off Wyndham Street for easy access. The design team researched international examples - particularly in Australia - and saw a trend for amenities similar to a private gym. Generous shower rooms for private dressing, along with multiple hand basins and mirrors, make getting ready for work more enjoyable and convenient. Bathrooms are luxurious in their design, generous in size, and tiled throughout.

 

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The bike store is secured by a full-height chain-link wall with good visibility from the locker area. There is a total of 40 wall-hung bike parks, and space for four electric bikes with power charges. Black-stained PlyPlay plywood lines the walls to provide a robust surface finish and to add to the considered design detail. PlyPlay is a low-formaldehyde plywood, manufactured from sustainably grown FSC® Chain of Custody certified Russian birch and, like material selections throughout the interior, had to meet product sustainability profiles in order for the building to achieve a 5 Green Star rating. 

You can purchase PlyPlay™ from CARTERS.

 

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CREDITS

Client: Argosy Property
Architect: Ignite
Photos: Bryce Carleton
Copywriting: Folio

A light and airy plywood loft

A light and airy plywood loft

plywood lining loft living room

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.

 

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."

 

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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.

 

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CREDITS

Photos: Bryce Carleton
Copywriting: Folio

PlyPlay adds texture and pattern to boutique apartments

PlyPlay adds texture and pattern to boutique apartments

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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.

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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.’

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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