Hotel Britomart in Auckland
Hotel Britomart has 99 rooms and is located in downtown Auckland, New Zealand. For the remodel, Cheshire Architects and Lucas Design Associates restored the existing century old building and constructed a new ten story building. The goal was to use as many local materials and craftspeople as possible on the project.
Above is one of the rooftop suites. The walls are lined with wood paneling. The surrounding area is a blend of historic and contemporary projects. The interiors reflect the mix of the old and new that surrounds the hotel.
The rooms were designed with three different color schemes. Each room’s color theme was based on the orientation to the sun and light levels in the room.
Three of the five rooftop penthouse suites, in the new building, enjoy private terraces that overlook the harbor. Many bespoke objects were made for the hotel. Some of the most notable items are the timber bedside lamps and lanterns, tree branch bronze handles, and the moulded glass chandeliers.
In the main lobby, above, the reception desk has a Totara tree growing up though one section of the desk. The Totara tree is native to the area. The desk is made from sandblasted oak.
Across from the reception desk is a bench crafted from recycled kauri wood, also found only in New Zealand. Below is the seating nook in the lobby that features a blue stone coffee table sourced from the port city of Timaru and a wall of black cracked plaster made using Auckland clay.
The hotel features an open kitchen which is located directly between the two buildings. The kitchen windows are surrounded by logs adding a cozy feel.
The NZ Green Building Council, a voluntary sustainability rating system for buildings in Australasia, awarded the Hotel a five green star rating. The hotel is the first in New Zealand to earn a five green star rating.
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