Positioned as a gateway to Sydney’s inner city, the VSQ North development forms a prominent marker in the urban environment, a short four kilometres from the CBD. It is one of the most dominant architectural forms encountered on the arrival into the city from the Airport, and marks out the location as an ideally positioned and highly desirable place to live. As Kevin Driver of Turner, the architects responsible for the design, puts it, “The building is a landmark.”
The strategy for colour and coatings on the exterior of this multifaceted building was an expression of the designer’s overall vision. This was to create a luxurious and timeless framework for living, one resistant to the vicissitudes of fashion. As such, the designers eschewed bold or ‘feature’ colours that might have aged the building prematurely, by tying it to a certain moment in time and architectural fashion. Instead, the building’s exposed precast walls were finished in subtly varying shades of crisp white and a family of related pale colours, to better show off the definite architectural forms, and emphasise the formal lines.
With so much of the exterior of the building finished with a paint coating, the painting contractor sought to partner with the best, seeking firstly a paint and coating manufacturer and supplier who provides exceptional service; and secondly a finish that would stand up to the climatic exposure of such a tall building. Taubmans was the obvious project partner, having successfully demonstrated the depth and quality of their service with the painter through past projects. Addressing the second point, Taubmans All Weather Range™ was the ideal system to meet the requirements of the demanding climatic and environmental conditions the building is exposed to.
With regard to the painting of interiors on the project, the ideal product, also sourced from Taubmans, was the Pure Performance™ paint system. The product is described as easy to work with, and results in an excellent finish that perfectly balances the required level of sheen and serviceability. The system achieves this while representing great value, making it ideal for high-end commercial painting projects.
During construction, Taubmans cemented their service reputation by providing fortnightly site visits to ensure that surface preparation, painting and coating application were all meeting their stringent quality standards. This attention to detail has built the foundations of the long-standing and successful relationship with the contractor.