OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE BLUE…

Union House in the heart of Cape Town’s Central Business District has been restored with a vibrant deep blue from Plascon and preferred applicator, Indawo, replacing the previous muted beige.

The dramatically rich, eye-catching blue – Plascon’s ‘Eye of the Storm’ –replacing the previous muted beige of Cape Town’s Union House.

A heritage building of some renown, Union House has stood tall in the heart of Cape Town’s Central Business District for generations. Today the 900 square meter premises serve as the headquarters of the dynamic Spier Arts Trust, an NPO that supports emerging artists.

After more than 20 years of weathering intense Cape winters the building was due for renovation. Plascon and preferred applicator, Indawo, were contracted by the client in mid-2019 to restore this well-known building to its former glory – and then some. It was agreed that a vibrant deep blue would be the perfect hue for the building’s dramatic makeover, replacing the previous muted beige.

But why the drastic change?

The dramatically rich, eye-catching blue – Plascon’s ‘Eye of the Storm’ – is very much in keeping with the building’s current purpose, which is to house a creative team of both artisans and administrators. In addition to making a strong and inspiring statement, a deeper colour can prove more sympathetic to an older building than a lighter tone as it’s low light reflectance makes it more effective at masking surface irregularities.

But before the final coating of colour could be applied, much surface preparation was needed. The façade was riddled with uneven plasterwork, cracks and peeling paint – all of which are characteristic of an older building. Indawo seamlessly coated the walls with breathable, high-quality Plascon Professional Super Acrylic Matt, atop a Plascon Professional High-Alkali Plaster Primer.

This prestige project was supported by the Plascon 360° Partnership Pledge which covers the Plascon specifications, material and application thereof in conjunction with Indawo, to ensure the enhancements and preservation of the client’s investment.

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