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Hotels and restaurants rely on good design to establish brand identity and to make the customer experience as memorable as possible. We look at what's current in the world of hospitality


Have game lodges changed their spots?
When your neighbours are lions, tigers and elephants, a more immersive experience in your hunting lodge might not be your first request. But this development really does bring the feel of the jungle t...
Evocative tones
The interiors of Sudima Christchurch City hotel connect with the Canterbury environment through texture and tone – the painted wall surfaces are Resene
New beginnings
Previously a 19-storey office block, the 4½-star Four Points by Sheraton on Queen St capitalises on its prime CBD location and panoramic cityscape and harbour views
Craft beer enjoyed in a non-craft beer bar setting
Former aviation parts factory becomes a relaxed hospitality setting for craft beer brewer Oh Yeah Brewery
Hooked in a good way
From New Zealand paintings on the bedheads and a wide use of natural local materials to sustainably line-caught fish in its restaurant, Sudima Christchurch City gives visitors an authentic taste of Ne...
Meals on wheels?
Robotic room service is just one drawcard of the Hotel Monville, which features a soaring lobby with giant pillars along with triple floor windows so passers by can be drawn in by the drama.
Back to the future
The golden age of air travel is back – and in grand style – with the new TWA Hotel at JFK incorporating Eero Saarinen’s fabulously futuristic 1962-designed TWA Flight Center as its spectacular lobby.
Green new = good news
New Zealand Government announced that any new building developed for government office accommodation is required to be measured for a NABERSNZ rating, with a target rating of four stars. NZGBC chief e...
Where eagles dare
And also adventurous travellers, if their destination is one of these pared back extensions at Manshausen Island Resort, Norway – an area noted for the world´s largest population of Sea Eagles.


Ready to fly
Just open for business – take a video tour of the brand new Novotel Christchurch Airport by Warren and Mahoney architects
Telling stories
With formality no longer flavour of the day, Bates Smart approaches the design of hospitality venues as an art in subtle curation and engagement
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