Sudima Christchurch Victoria & Knight Frank House
Christchurch, New Zealand
Hotel . Commercial . Retail . Hospitality . Interiors
Sudima Christchurch Victoria & Knight Frank House will be built on the corner of Salisbury and Montreal Streets and signals a major investment in Christchurch’s commercial future and tourist infrastructure.
Located on prime CBD land on the intersection of Victoria, Salisbury and Montreal Streets, the 2,336m2 mixed use development includes a commercial office, an 86 room five star hotel and 700m2 of retail comprising restaurants, a day spa, and café. It is due for completion late 2018.
Our client, Kilmour Properties Ltd, tasked Ignite with delivering a design that would create demand from high quality tenants and entice organisations that had moved their operations to the suburbs following the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.
The mixed use development consists of two distinct buildings, linked by a glazed atrium covered Laneway
Knight Frank House offers three levels of office space, one level of retail space and nine car parks. The building has significant exposure to passing road and foot traffic.
The second building is a four-level, five-star hotel operated by Sudima, with retail space, hotel reception and 13 car parks located at ground-floor level. Sudima Christchurch Victoria will be the first five-star hotel in Christchurch since the rebuild.
Between the two buildings, an attractive atrium covered laneway creates a sheltered environment for cafes and eateries.
DESIGN AND MATERIALS
Designed to echo the resilience and strength of the ‘new Christchurch’, the complex is a vibrant, iconic structure that will complement the city’s bright future.
The buildings are designed to meet Christchurch City Council and New Zealand building standards for resilient structures.
With its prominent position on a major intersection, the development interfaces with the streetscape via a curving sculptural wall constructed using a faceted, flush-structural glazed curtainwall system suite. At night, the feature becomes a ‘lantern’, helping to re-establish a prominent visual marker on this northern approach to the CBD.
The large, central atrium covered laneway provides an all-weather environment for high-end cafes, eateries and retail outlets. It also creates an impressive impact at entry to appeal to passers-by, with the open-plan design aimed at luring high-end hospitality tenants.
Both buildings are constructed of lightweight steel and pre-cast concrete, with contrasting façade treatments that are designed to complement each other.
The office building features a curvo-linear faceted glass façade that sweeps across the corner site, providing a highly attractive interface with the streetscape and, to provide contrast, the façade of the hotel building features aluminium composite panels.
The interior design of the Sudima Christchurch Victoria hotel common areas and apartments were inspired by the Canterbury landscape. Line, form, colour, materials and texture were used that reflected the local environment.
Unlike the common method of using large floor plates that can't be easily subdivided, the complex is constructed with small floor plates. This approach allows for a wide range of tenancy spaces and also provides plenty of natural light.