Tattoo Apartments

Tattoo Apartments

Architect
Archaus Architects Ltd
Location
Wellington, New Zealand | View Map
Project Year
2011
Category
Apartments

Tattoo Apartments

Archaus Architects Ltd as Architects

Tattoo Apartment building, on Able Smith Street in Wellington is in a very eclectic area of the city. The new complex fits into its surroundings, yet stands out from the crowd. It is intense, but at the same time fun and inviting.


The colours in the mural depict this, which was left to the artist to bring together. The result is "city art" for everyone and anyone to stand, gaze and deliberate. Weather you love it or hate it: it prompts conversation between those nearby, a permanent canvas for future change.


The inspiration for the mural is fairly contrived: it was the act of entering and exiting a building. The welcomes you receive and the good byes you receive. The artist looked briefly at the use of gargoyles and their 'intrusive use' vs 'purely aesthetic visual use.' Welcoming creatures instructively beckoning you into the south main entrance and on the north these creatures are leaving in a hurry, for the enjoyment of purely comedic visual aesthetic. The colours were a response to combining simplicity and visual impact. The use of simple variants of primary colours allowed the exploration of a large space with element art restrictions, while working with the infinite possibilities with mixing each. This mural is a good example of continuity despite scale, as well as maximum impact, despite restrictions in the colour palette.

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