Monthly Archives: January 2016

Nervous System

Last Monday, Productspec were lucky enough to host a talk by the co-founders of Nervous System on procedural generation in architecture and design.  for those of you who may not have heard about it or were unable to attend, we’ll summarise the finer points below.


Florescene Ornata 2 by Nervous System

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New Veil Toilet


Company: Kohler

The ‘unveiling’ of Kohler’s Veil smart toilet takes hygiene and comfort to a new level in terms of luxury and personalised convenience.

The Veil is a self-cleaning wall hung toilet with advanced bidet features controlled by a one touch remote control. The design of the Veil deserves special mention as its balanced curves and sculpted form inject a sense of beauty into the utilitarian toilet or bathroom space.

The French curve heated seat, with its gently dished shape, minimises pressure points for extra comfort while its antibacterial material enhances hygiene levels.

The ultra-responsive remote control offers a suite of customised features to optimise hygiene and personal comfort – these include a choice of soft, pulsating or spiral wash with instant air infused warm water; choice of water temperature; warm air dryer with adjustable temperature control; and seat temperature adjustment.

The Veil’s stainless steel spray wand automatically cleans itself with sterilised water after each use – and it automatically sanitises itself with UV light every 24 hours.

The powerful, twin jet flushing system of Veil, together with its rimless bowl, ensures a cleaner flush and an all-round higher standard of hygiene within the toilet.

Further testament to the rich list of features are the automatic seat cover – sensor- activated with three adjustable distance settings to automatically open and close the lid – and the blue LED nightlight on the face plate of the toilet. The Veil has half and full flush options with a 4 star WELS rating and 3.3 litre average flush.

The Veil, by Kohler, will be available nationally from end of March 2016


Solid as a rock


Company: Legrand NZ

Soliroc weatherproof switches and sockets are the premium choice for exposed environments such as sports and entertainment venues, public facilities, shopping centres and schools. They have an IK10 impact rating, an IP55 weatherproof rating, and vandal-proof features that make them resistant to graffiti and lighter flames. Not only is Soliroc robust and impossible to pull-off with bare hands, it’s also stylish – a perfect complement to architecturally designed environments.

Soliroc is a modular range – the frame, mechanism and cover are purchased separately so you can customise the fittings you need. Choose from more than 30 switch and socket options in the Legrand Arteor range to create powerpoints, USB charging modules, automatic sensors and more.

If you have an upcoming project that requires the durability and versatility of Soliroc visit or call 0800 476 009 to find out more.



A new centre for innovative learning that reflects local culture, history, and landscape through inspired design and beautiful building products


Company: James Hardie

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Ngati Kahungunu O Te Wairoa (kura) is a Māori-language immersion school located in the remote township of Wairoa on the east coast of the North Island. The kura provides a learning environment that reflects Māori cultural values and aims to revitalise Māori language, knowledge, and culture.

In line with the philosophy and practice of the kura, the existing 1960s school buildings on the site have been replaced with a fresh new centre of modern learning that looks to the future, while maintaining strong links with the past.

The new kura reflects Wairoa’s unique culture, history, and landscape through a design that inspires learning and promotes the fulfilment of potential in Wairoa’s rangatahi (younger generation / youth), and the use of new building materials and technologies.

The Solution

The exterior is clad with James Hardie Stria Cladding, a 14mm thick fibre cement panel fixed vertically, which achieves the modern look envisioned by architects, RTA Studio, and the durability required by the Ministry of Education’s building standards.

RTA Studio considered other building materials, but Stria provided the most cost-effective, practical solution. Durability, buildability, and aesthetics were key drivers to selection.

The wide panel format enabled building efficiencies through fast coverage of the wall, and provided a durable solution down to slab level, in line with the Ministry’s standards. Manufactured from fibre cement composite, the panels are lightweight and easy to handle, as well as delivering heavy-duty performance in terms of durability.

Another advantage of using Stria was the ability to paint the panels any colour. The vertically installed panels are painted in purple, which is the school colour. Green and orange are also used to reference the forest and sunrise, which are significant to the local community. Maori respected the ancient forest for shelter, food and building materials, and the use of timber fins in the overhangs of the building, which provide shaded outdoor teaching spaces, reflect this tradition.

In terms of buildability, Stria is simple and fast to install with its wide panel format and lightweight fibre cement composite which makes it easy to handle. The fibre cement technology also allows it to deliver heavy-duty performance in terms of its durability.

Project Details

  • Location: Wairoa, East Coast, New Zealand
  • Project Type: Educational Buildings – Year 1 to 13 School
  • Architect: RTA Studio (Richard Naish, Ben Dallimore, Moshin Mussa, and Tim Sargisson)
  • Project Manager: RDT Pacific
  • Main Contractor: Stead Construction
  • Client: Ministry of Education

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