Colour & sustainability is king for Fly Forbo award 2012 winners

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15 May 2016
Colour & sustainability is king for Fly Forbo award 2012 winners
Waikato Hospital Acute Services Building atrium, NZ Fly Forbo Award 2012 winner.

Bold use of colour and inspiring sustainability imperatives were hallmarks across the entries in the 2012 Fly Forbo Awards, leaving judges in awe of the designers’ creativity and the commitment from clients to exceed their social and environmental responsibilities.

According to judges, the spectacular atrium of the Waikato Hospital Acute Services Building in New Zealand was ‘a stand-out’ to win the Fly Forbo Award 2012 for CJM (a joint venture between Chow:Hill, Jasmax Limited and McConnel Smith & Johnson). “Bold swathes of vivid colour and dramatic shapes create a visually exciting interior landscape that is so much more welcoming and uplifting than traditional institutional surroundings,” said Bruhn.

“This monolithic design brings character, warmth and life to the space, as well as providing some comforting privacy to visitors during their very stressful time. Choosing permanently anti-bacterial, easy clean and sustainable Marmoleum as the surface material just adds to the design’s value and functionality. It is a knock-out combination,” said Donovan.

CJM’s client, the Waikato District Health Board wanted an inviting, relaxing space with strong identity that related back to the local environment, to give people a sense of comfort and ownership.

Marko den Breems of Jasmax Limited, joint CJM project director who led the design for the atrium (which is part of the bigger Waikato Hospital campus redevelopment) reported –

“Usually atriums are large spaces that people feel quite threatened to enter, but the Acute Services atrium is welcoming. Our design expresses the colours and undulations of farmland and rolling hills central to the Waikato area’s identity. A palette was created from greens, orange/yellow and slatey warm dark greys.”

Darryl Carey from Chow:Hill and CJM’s project director on the Waikato Hospital campus redevelopment, added –

“Naturally the client imperative was for finishes that are low maintenance, economical and easy-to-keep over the long term. Marmoleum was chosen for its durability, affordability and its appropriateness for a hospital environment. Sustainability was also a factor in the selection of this surface,” he said.

Application of Marmoleum, with its permanent, built-in anti-bacterial properties that kill MRSA and Norovirus, was a smart choice.


“Fly Forbo Award recognises, celebrates and reward design achievement, and the 2012 competition brought forward some remarkable projects,” said Donovan.

“The use of Marmoleum in so many demonstrates the crucial role of truly sustainable materials by Australia’s and New Zealand’s top designers.”

New Zealand commendations go to:

  • Inside Ltd, Wellington NZ (Daniel Buxton) using Marmoleum – New Zealand Rugby Museum and Te Manawa Museums Trust development, Palmerston North, NZ.
  • Athfield Architects, Wellington, NZ using Marmoleum - Palmerston North City Library, NZ.
  • Jackson Architects Ltd, Taranaki, NZ using Flotex – Waiouru Replacement School, Waiouru, New Zealand.
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