Park Hyatt Hotel - Auckland
- Finalist, Hotel Public Space Design - 2021 SBID International Design Awards
The Park Hyatt Hotel celebrates its Viaduct Harbour location with an industrial steel grid cloaked in shimmering bronzed steel shutters. Advance’s Shuttle entry matting forms part of the materials selection in this luxurious yet urban interior.
Inspired by the site’s port heritage, the landscape and the cultural assets of Auckland, the Park Hyatt Hotel sits elegantly both with its urban neighbourhood and the beauty of its waterfront site. Guestrooms face outwards, wrapping around a dramatic seven-storey central atrium, with exterior shutters to add layers of privacy and to create a lively façade.
A series of spaces lead from Halsey Street into the atrium and main reception, starting with the porte cochère. This low-compression zone leads to a steel and glass wind lobby before revealing the full expanse of the atrium – an awe-inspiring space rendered with soaring metallic screens and circulation balconies.
The wind lobby forms part of the compression experience and is designed to protect the interior from the elements. Shuttle architectural entry matting sits just inside the main doors, its subtle aluminium grid mirroring the pattern and scale of the bluestone paving outside and the stunning Atlantic stone tiles of the atrium. Shuttle also references the exterior structural grid of the building that gives the hotel its rich harbourside character.
The cleverness of the materials palette is its restraint. Layering against the various metallic elements are textured timber board-and-batten walls and a post-and-beam shelter above the main reception desk. Urban and industrial materials contrast with the softer timber and fabrics of the main atrium to make it all the more luxurious.
Secondary public entries around the perimeter connect guests with the Waterfront Theatre, harbour promenade and public plaza. These wind lobbies are set into the body of the building this time, and the Shuttle entry matting is neatly recessed between the bluestone street paving and the interior stone floor. All tonally matched, the floor plane appears as one continuous surface from inside to out, making the hotel feel fully embedded with the urban design of the precinct.
Shuttle is constructed from high-strength aluminium blocks with rubber connectors and cushioned feet for a luxurious feel underfoot. Its 10mm low-profile construction is suitable for both recessed matwells and surface-mounted applications, and the system is compatible with a full range of fibre inserts. The aluminium can be left natural or anodised any colour.
Project: Park Hyatt Hotel
Product: Shuttle - Black Powdercoated
Photographer: Mark Scowen