"The angled vertical fins orientate most rooms to capture plenty of light and expansive views of the harbour, western hills or city views," says McKenna.
The fins are also a strong visual component, created with pre-cast concrete panels and engineered for an uninterrupted line.
Smoothing the transition from the street are a number of retail spaces: a florist, cafe and hairdresser. Inside, the double-height lobby, with marble floors and leather reception desks, suggests a quality of finish more typical of a 5-star hotel.
The hotel's restaurant, Plate, designed by Tom Skyring in conjunction with Studio of Pacific Architecture, opens up to an outside terrace, also moderating the street transition. The restaurant is an opulent space with warm-hued limestone floors, mesh curtains and softly spinning chrome light fittings.
To appeal to the business and conference market, the second floor features a suite of five conference and meeting rooms all with floor-to-ceiling windows, an unusual feature in a central-city hotel. Other amenities include a heated indoor pool, gym, Jacuzzi and sauna. Of course, there is also a selection of fully serviced rooms.
The 280 guest rooms include standard rooms, 19 suites and, at the top of the building, a presidential suite. All are furnished with fully equipped kitchenettes and high-quality fittings, and accented with bold contemporary fabrics.