1 queenstown mountaineer spa hotel
2 section drawing architecture workshop
3 play queenstown nz proposal
4 retail commercial office work
5 resort hotel urban spa aw
6 vertical timber mullions louvres screen
7 design concept historical contemporary
1 queenstown mountaineer spa hotel
2 section drawing architecture workshop
3 play queenstown nz proposal
4 retail commercial office work
5 resort hotel urban spa aw
6 vertical timber mullions louvres screen
7 design concept historical contemporary

Mountaineer Spa Hotel Development | Queenstown | 2005

This development proposal in central Queenstown included retail, commercial office, resort hotel and spa on a small urban footprint. By refurbishing the old 1885 Mountaineer ‘pub for the people’ and contrasting this with the new, this proposal creates a balance of historical and contemporary architecture. A precise ascetic engagement with light, materials and abstracted nature was intended to create its own kind of luxury.  

The re-establishment of the older patterns of circulation between the buildings encouraged discovery and exploration of this new destination within the CBD. Suspended vertical circulation around a new public space helped consolidate a strong identity for the development. Smaller retail frontages lined with warm wood activated the interior passageways.

An austere screen of 450x75mm timber mullions, tapered in section enclosed the main four-storey elevation. The spacing of these vertical timber louvres protected the more fragile lantern-like hotel floors from glare and heat and when viewed obliquely it created a kind of  ‘abstracted forest’ with a fine grain of shifting shadows. This had the effect of dematerialising the building mass as well as giving the internal spaces subtly filtered vistas. It also articulated a new contemporary layer of building to contrast the heavy weight heritage façade of the original hotel. 

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