Carlaw Park Student Village


Carlaw Park Student Village

Parnell, New Zealand

Builder: Haydn & Rollett Construction
Architect: Ashton Mitchell Limited
Precast Manufacturer: Concretec NZ
Developer: Carlaw Campus Limited Partnership

Colour by Design

Material & Application

ECOTONE NZ applied multiple finishes to the grey precast concrete elements including a Corten metallic look, bold yellow and modern black and white using ECOTONE Matt.


This project is a great example of how the architect, builder, precast concrete manufacturer, and ECOTONE collaborated to meet the client’s requirements in a sustainable way; delivering load bearing architectural precast panels that have been prefabricated off site. The process of prefab on this project resulted in cost and time savings as well as greatly reducing the need of expensive hoarding and perimeter scaffold at site.


We have worked with ECOTONE on a number of projects to date and were very pleased to get them involved in CPSV3 at an early stage.  For this project, we had conceived the idea of using a Corten façade system but were very hesitant to use actual Corten given its inherent peripheral staining issues and how to control a high aesthetic level for a long period of time.  We looked at a number of systems, all of which came with their own problems until we spoke with ECOTONE.  Their system was applied easily, had very good durability properties and very low maintenance requirements.  The problem of getting the look we wanted was resolved very painlessly by ECOTONE (and Megan in particular) preparing very large-scale samples, and then listening to what we liked and did not like to formulate exactly what we were looking for.

The final result was exactly as we envisaged and look forward to working with the ECOTONE team again.

Clifford Paul, Ashton Mitchell

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