Designed to incorporate abstract elements that mirror the nearby mountain ranges and the glacier that once occupied the Wakatipu valley, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Queenstown was the first of the franchise to open in New Zealand.
This unique addition to downtown Queenstown was strategically planned to transform a residential city block. The building was created to seamlessly integrate into the surrounding area, with an emphasis on a blend of natural and man-made materials. The exterior look was bold with the cladding and roof shape being key design features.
With the unique array of roofs at different pitches, the Holiday Inn project utilised Nuraply 3PM double-layer and Nuraply TPO single ply on the membrane sections. The Nuratherm Warm Roof system was also specified to deliver high performance insulation and acoustic values. The CodeMark certified system enabled a roof fall of one degree, which is perfect for areas with specific height restrictions.
The project featured Nuraply 3PT and Nuraply 3PG in a tanking application. This helped ensure the structure remains watertight and prevents water ingress from underneath.
The Holiday Inn Express and Suites is an impressive project that demonstrates how modern design can coexist with the natural environment.
Adding to the beauty of downtown Queenstown, the project was selected as a finalist in the World Architecture Festival 2021 and was the 2022 Southern Architecture Award Winner for Planning + Urban Design.
Architect: McAuliffe Stevens Limited
Applicator: Rhino Construction