Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The New Zealand Room (Te Koha)

The New Zealand Room has been designed to showcase leading examples of New Zealand design and innovation to a discerning international audience. This space provides ways for innovative New Zealand companies working in Europe to participate in the Biennale, or reach audiences that attend the prestigious event.

During the Biennale’s duration, the New Zealand Room will host events organised by event patrons, partners and supporters. It will also be a base for cultural events, including symposia on architecture, innovation and science.
The visitor experience at Palazzo Bollani has been designed by Rufus Knight, a young, award-winning designer. The rooms have finished with furniture, lighting, rugs and art by leading Kiwi designers and artists. The New Zealand Room has been generously supported by: Abodo, David Trubridge, Nick Radford, Nodi Rugs, Philips Selecon, Resene
, Robinson Interiors, ROCKCOTE, Resident and Vanda Holdings. Special thanks to: Campaign for Wool NZ, Okewa and Ngā Aho.

We incorporated the ROCKCOTE Earthen natural clay plasters to the main feature wall, creating a bespoke textural surface with blends of three Resene colours that reflected our natural environment.

Rufus with rockcote wall

Rufus Knight presenting to guests in the New Zealand Room. Rear wall –  Rockcote Earthen Clay plaster.
Images courtesy – NZ Institute of Architects, Photography David St George

How did we do it –
We created and plastered the wall sections
Mike May – Plasterer in Auckland which were then broken down into sections for shipping. We also considered how to get the wall sections up spiral staircases in Venice. Some of the other considerations in selecting the ROCKCOTE natural clay plaster were as follows –
The age of the building into which the wall would be set up – you don’t want to damage an 800 year old building. Our clay plasters can be re-wetted, and re-worked onsite to eliminate the wall section joins when put together.
The use of clay plaster virtually eliminated the potential for damage as the coatings contain no cement or lime which could if dropped on surfaces cause damage and would be hard to repair insitu within a tight time frame. Earthen Clay plaster was the best selection.
How to make good the walls when they were installed. We pre-mixed all the required EARTHEN clay plaster including colour and sent it over with the shipment. Clay plaster will remain moist for years in unopened pails.
Now, the tricky bit – how do you finish a wall to the required standard, when your not in Venice. A very good friend of ours Livio Semioni who came to New Zealand to train our contractor network with our Venetian lime plasters lives an hour out of Venice, so a call was made. Livio was stoked to be involved with this project. As a leading plastering professional in Italy, Livio surpassed expectations and finished what is recognised as a dominant statement to the New Zealand Room.
Congratulations to all the team involved in this bespoke plastering project that showcases not only our materials but our skills to the world.

Selected Resene Colours

Grain Brown (Y82-025-072)

Sandspit Brown cc (Y84-017-074)

Wan White (N93-005-105)

International Straw Building Conference 2016

Natural Building in the 21st Century
International Straw Building Conference
3-9 March 2016, Methven, New Zealand

Resene Construction Systems with ROCKCOTE Natural Materials are proudly sponsoring this International Event. Our very own Bob

The conference will be a celebration of Natural Building worldwide and provides a rare face-to face opportunity for networking with others in the field from all over the globe. Builders, home owners, engineers, architects and designers, building officials, housing providers, building suppliers, farmers, researchers and academics, and anybody else who cares about the quality of the built environment and its impact on the world we share – come join us.
The 5 day, 6 night conference will feature keynote addresses, presentations from delegates, hands-on workshops and displays, trade shows, uniquely Kiwi social events, house tours (may be before and/or after the conference proper), the all-important Straw Bale Olympics and most importantly the opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and develop new ones.
The venue, Methven, is a ski resort town, one hour’s drive from Christchurch International Airport. A variety of accommodation is available from luxury resort style to camping and all within a few minutes walk of the Heritage Centre where most of the conference activities will take place.

Register here

NANDO’s Flagship store gets Earthen Clay plaster


The latest addition to the global Nando’s Restaurant chain is their Flagship New Zealand restaurant, 360 Queen Street, Auckland. ROCKCOTE Earthen Clay Plaster was selected based on performance, speed of application, and ability to achieve the Nando’s global finish selections.
The Nando’s Australiasia management team were over for the grand opening and were very impressed with the finishes that we achieved in a very tight time frame.
ROCKCOTE Earthen was finished in two ways, firstly with a base coat and then with a Nando’s diamond template overlay to create a 3-4mm raised relief (see pic), and secondly a two layer ‘off the trowel’ finish.
Colours –

To finish off the bathroom walls we coated the Earthen Clay with Resene waterborne Aquapel to provide water resistant.

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ROCKCOTE Marrakesh with Graffiti Tiles

Choice has been limited over the years in terms of options available for finishing wet areas. Many clients have been requesting a seamless internal finish to their bathrooms. The options generally available have been tiles, glass or acrylic – now you have the opportunity to discover ROCKOTE Marrakesh.

A fine grained lime plaster that is hand applied, and finished over various common internal wet area substrates, creating a seamless surface where the smooth curve of one element flows into another, evoking a sense of ease and continuity not seen with standard finishes. Marrakesh allows the ROCKCOTE ‘Artisan’ plasterer to create an individual work of art on any wall or room within the home.

The image shows a recently completed bathroom that incorporated Marrakesh plaster alongside stylish Graffiti tiles.

Owner/Architect: David Stubbs

Architecture Practice: Jarrod Midgley Architecture –

Marrakesh Colour: Resene Double Concrete

Plaster Professionals : Al Tuner/ Malcolm Oates


Venetian plaster feature

The industrial design of this recently completed apartment complex in Petone, Wellington was complimented with our polished venetian lime plaster. The stairwells leading up into the main areas were finished with our Milano MarbleStone venetian plaster coloured Resene Eighth Stonewall

Architect – Graeme Boucher, Coast Edge Design.

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INTEGRA Flooring – Hamilton City library

The client, Hamilton City Council was looking to extend floor area in the city library by removing the old escalators, and infilling this void they looked to Resene Construction  Systems INTEGRA lightweight concrete flooring. 

This system installation avoided the need and mess of concrete pumps, construction of formwork – ultimately resulting in minimal disruption to existing library operations.

INTEGRA lightweight concrete flooring was the perfect choice. The image shows the INTEGRA flooring installed ready for floor screeds to the perimeter and subsequent floor coverings.


Award winning builders

Fowler Homes (Manawatu) Limited

Congratulations to Shane & Megan Walker, and their team at Fowler Homes, Manawatu on winning multiple awards at the Master Build House of the Year – regional awards night.

Master Build House of the Year is a highly regarded competition celebrating building excellence in New Zealand. It awards the best homes and builders and the craftsmanship behind them.

Shane & Megan selected our premium Graphex Plaster Facade System, finished with our natural, hand applied Mineral Tasman texture, and Resene X200.

Region: Manawatu/Wanganui
PlaceMakers New Homes $400,000 – $500,000 build

GoldLocal Category WinnerLocal CraftsmanshipPlumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award

Hallway to heaven House Image 27

Builders own home wins GOLD

Turnkey Homes Ltd (Phil Smith)    Gold   Local Category Winner

Congratulations to Phil Smith, and the team at Turnkey Homes, Wanaka on winning the Master Build House of the Year – Builders Own Home category at last Fridays Southern Region Awards night.

Master Build House of the Year is a highly regarded competition celebrating building excellence in New Zealand. It awards the best homes and builders and the craftsmanship behind them.

Phil selected two of our premium systems for his residence – our INTEGRA lightweight concrete plaster facade, and the INTEGRA 75mm lightweight concrete flooring. the results alongside with the Mike Sowman Design and workmanship of all trades and suppliers have spoken for themselves by taking out this award.

Made to measure House Image 1

National Sponsor NZIOB

ROCKCOTE alongside Resene Construction Systems are proud to announce their national sponsorship of the NZIOB.

Our 3 year sponsorship reinforces our commitment and support to the National Construction sector. We look forward to working together on NZIOB member projects over the coming years.

The New Zealand Institute of Building is the professional institute in New Zealand for building and construction professionals, acknowledged for their ability to bring individuals together, whom share a common interest in improving the standing of the building profession and a commitment to excellence in their career.