The contemporary interpretive artwork covers the hotel’s glass-front and rear facade and conveys a Dunedin theme of land, sea and sky, and features an impression of arriving wakas on misty water. The artwork is also printed onto the atrium glass north wall of the building.
In addition, both glass façades – comprised of thirty panels – literally reflects the heritage buildings across the road, plus those behind, acknowledging more recent decades of the city’s rich history.
The evocative, semi-transparent printed glass facade also fulfils a pragmatic role in that it screens some views from within the hotel while providing privacy to guests.
The façade contributes in yet another way, too.
Lifted on exposed steel beams to floating effect, the glazed hotel frontage is a giant, restful artwork in its own right – a sign of things to come for the hotel’s artwork-hung internal walkways and an elegant modern counterpoint to older neighbouring retail buildings.
Below the giant artwork façade, the clear-glass-fronted hotel reception and café together with the hotel’s exposed steel structure creates an activated ground-level street face that invites you in to the central open atrium – the other major point of difference for the forward looking and historically evocative hotel.
Come evening, the façade is activated in a different way – taking on a translucent quality, with internal movements seen in silhouette, the level of translucence gauged to ensure guest privacy.