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Spectrum Case Study


Plytech Spectrum Eco brings a lighter, brighter finish to the Scentre Group's updated office reception.

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Spectrum Case Study


Plytech Spectrum Eco brings a lighter, brighter finish to the Scentre Group's updated office reception.

The reception area of the Scentre Group's Support Office in Newmarket underwent a much-needed renovation in 2016. The upgrade saw the original dated corporate reception transformed into a more modern and approachable space for both visitors and Scentre Group staff.

"We wanted to change the way the space was used," explains Gabrielle Bevin-Smith, National Retail Design Manager for the Scentre Group NZ. To do this, they looked for materials that could bring warmth into the space — to make it more welcoming for visitors, and to encourage internal staff to make use of the area for collaborative work and informal meetings.

"The finish was important, both cost-wise and in achieving an effective look that added warmth to the space," says Bevin-Smith. Plytech's Spectrum ply in a clear finish was specified for wall panelling in the upgrade. Spectrum is an affordable pre-finished plywood available in a clear finish or a range of transparent colours.

A key benefit of using Spectrum was the flexibility it offered. "We find that plywood is obviously very flexible in its opportunities for how it can be used," explains Bevin-Smith. "So for us it was a matter of how do we want to use it? How do we want to make it bespoke for what we want?" She took advantage of this flexibility and designed the walls around the Spectrum sheet sizes, with timber battens cleverly covering the joins. As well as adding warmth, the contrast between the ply walls and adjacent white walls has helped break up the space, giving it a more intimate feel.

Bespoke furniture was also created with Spectrum for the reception area, with a leaner at bar stool height, and a low leaner at the window helping define collaborative working and meeting areas within the space. The plywood elements sit nicely within the overall design which features an exposed concrete floor, soft furnishings, new lighting, a new reception desk and planting — all of which help bring warmth to the space.  

"It still feels professional, but it has a warmth — the plywood contributes to that," says Bevin-Smith. "With the natural light, and because we went for a lighter timber finish with white walls, it has made the space feel lighter and brighter."

"People love using it," she adds. "The space is well-used, not just for the reception, waiting and welcome areas, but for informal meeting and collaboration work too."

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The Government of Samoa Fale


Wins at the 2017 NZ Wood – Resene Timber Design Awards

The Government of Samoa Fale


Wins at the 2017 NZ Wood – Resene Timber Design Awards

The Government of Samoa Fale (Walker Community Architects Ltd) win the Interior Innovation Award at the 2017 NZ Wood – Resene Timber Design Awards.

The large community space is rich and full of character and its great to see our Radiata Pine used in the ceiling and our Gaboon for the walls and stairs.

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Goodbye fingerprints!


Polaris HPL – Innovative matt material for interior design

Goodbye fingerprints!


Polaris HPL – Innovative matt material for interior design

Polaris HPL – ARRIVING JUNE 2017

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Friends of Futuna


Friends of Futuna


We are delighted to announce that Plytech have joined in the support of the Futuna Lecture Series # 7.

We supplied the plywood used for the kitset Futuna model and most recently donated plywood panels for the rebuilding of the vertical roof fins. We look forward to a long relationship with the Futuna Trust.


Prof. Sarah Kenderdine

Prof. Sarah Kenderdine

Futuna Lecture Series 2017

The Guest Lecturer for the Lecture Series is Professor Sarah Kenderdine from the University of NSW.  

As guardians of a heritage building the Futuna Trust decided to cast its net outside the world of just contemporary architecture. It recognised an opportunity that by inviting Sarah the Futuna Lecture Series would engage in the wider realm of architectural heritage and culture.

Tickets available online at www.dashtickets.co.nz

 

To find out about more, check out these links:

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Pou Maumahara


Pearson & Associates Architects share their journey designing Pou Maumahara, the Memorial Discovery Centre at Auckland War Memorial Museum. 

Check the video below.

Pou Maumahara


Pearson & Associates Architects share their journey designing Pou Maumahara, the Memorial Discovery Centre at Auckland War Memorial Museum. 

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Ziera Shoes


Getting creative with Spectrum Eco Clear

Ziera Shoes


Getting creative with Spectrum Eco Clear

Ziera Shoes did a fantastic job with the design of their new stores. We're excited to see Spectrum Eco alongside whitewash Radiata Décorative in this clever design.

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1100m2of NZ Radiata


North Sails chose Radiata for their work floor

1100m2of NZ Radiata


North Sails chose Radiata for their work floor

Plytech Radiata Décorative, and lots of it, about 1100m2 infact!

North Sails has become the world leader in sail making. They are committed to making racing and cruising sails that are faster, lighter and longer lasting. Earlier this year North Sails Auckland moved into their new premises. They wanted a work floor that was strong and cost effective. They chose Plytech Radiata Décorative.

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NZ Interior Design Awards


Wintec Interior Design Students create a contemporary outdoor bathroom set up in a amongst a traditional 'kiwi' backyard.

NZ Interior Design Awards


Wintec Interior Design Students create a contemporary outdoor bathroom set up in a amongst a traditional 'kiwi' backyard.

We were very privileged to support Wintec Interior Design Students "Generation Y" for their entry in the Waikato Home & Garden Show – NZ Interior Design Awards. We supplied them with some Plytech Cedartech to complement their outdoor bathroom design in a traditional 'kiwi' backyard setting. We were pleasantly surprised, the space was warm, earthy, full of texture and reflected the beauty of New Zealand's Landscape. 

We are very proud!

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Spectrum Shines


Bonnifait & Giesen – Atelierworkshop Architects transform a victorian-style worker's cottage in Island Bay.

Spectrum Shines


Bonnifait & Giesen – Atelierworkshop Architects transform a victorian-style worker's cottage in Island Bay.

Bonnifait + Giesen have again blown us away with their careful attention to detail and innovative design in the transformation of this little cottage located in Island Bay, Wellington.

We're delighted to see our Spectrum Eco – Red used to create the Bold Red Kitchen which is a real highlight of this home.

Read the full story on architecturenow here.

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Inspiring young minds


Piccolo Park Early Learning Centre by Starex

Inspiring young minds


Piccolo Park Early Learning Centre by Starex

Piccolo Park Early Learning Centre opened in 2015 with its farm theme incorporating ancillary barn style buildings with the historic Guy homestead built in 1899. Starex build a fantastic purposeful and practical space that caters for 120 children and around 17 staff.

Starex specified Plytech Eurolite HPL.

 

 

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Birch Décor - Oak


European Birch with American White Oak veneers pressed on both faces.

Birch Décor - Oak


European Birch with American White Oak veneers pressed on both faces.

This is one to get excited about!

Plytech Birch Décor - Oak is a premium decorative panel with an attractive multi-ply edge detail and a stunning Oak veneer pressed on both faces.

Available both unfinished and pre-finished. 

Check it out here.