"Resene Alabaster was chosen for the hotel facade to give it a slightly surreal quality," he says. "It allows the building to be viewed almost like an architect's whiteboard model. The Victorian elements can also be readily understood."
To provide a contrast to the white, Resene 1/8 Earth Green was specified for the window trim. This echoes the colour of the glass in the new building.
"We also introduced polished black granite reveals to delineate the break between old and new," says Leuschke. "This colour scheme allows the quieter palette of the new building, with its raw concrete, glass and aluminium, to sit comfortably alongside the historic structure.
"Together, the buildings form a composition that celebrates time and context, without compromising the design integrity of either building. In fact, the architecture reinforces the importance of the historic hotel as the centrepiece in this composition, ensuring its viability well into the future."
Leuschke says modern-day functionality has not been sacrificed in the process. To meet seismic regulations, the new building is a completely separate structure, but connects to the old building by a door on the second floor of the hotel. This is at the same level as the third floor of the new building, which has four floors, as opposed to the three floors in the hotel. An elevator and fire exits are shared by both buildings.
Offices on the top floor of the new structure are concealed behind the laser-cut aluminium screens that make up the Mansard roofing element. The screens were designed to ensure the tenants could still enjoy the views.