The Situation

Designed to incorporate abstract elements that mirror the nearby mountain ranges and the glacier that once occupied the Wakatipu valley, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Queenstown was the first of the franchise to open in New Zealand.


This unique addition to downtown Queenstown was strategically planned to transform a residential city block. The building was created to seamlessly integrate into the surrounding area, with an emphasis on a blend of natural and man-made materials. The exterior look was bold with the cladding and roof shape being key design features.