New Zealand design agency Designworks has been named a finalist in the Best Design Awards for its innovative and fresh design approach for the Crowne Plaza hotel in Christchurch.
Run by The Designers Institute of New Zealand, the awards are an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product, interactive and motion design. Designworks is a finalist in the Hospitality Spatial Design category.
Designworks architect Naomi Rushmer said the company was “thrilled” to be a finalist.
“It’s great news, and a wonderful opportunity to showcase the new design to a wider audience,” she said.
For Crowne Plaza Christchurch, she said the company focused on delivering a creative guest experience based around being welcomed into the property, and how that flowed into relaxation, eating and working across the entire hotel.
“Our brief was to create a premium 4.5 star-hotel experience that put a ‘fresh spin’ on the Crowne Plaza brand as well as making it work locally, and to ignite the theatre and drama of the nearby Performing Arts Precinct,” said Ms Rushmer.
“As the city’s largest hotel, attracting locals and those from across the globe, the design needed to deliver an exciting and unique experience maximising the 360-degree views of the Port Hills, Southern Alps and Pacific Ocean.”
Designworks centred its thinking around a ‘new energy’ in Christchurch.
Crowne Plaza Christchurch general manager Reinier Eulink said the hotel team and owners were “delighted” with the stylish look and feel of the property.
“The feedback we’ve had from guests, locals and those using our meeting rooms or food and beverage spaces has been hugely complimentary and we wish Designworks all the best for the awards,”Reinier Eulink, Crowne Plaza Christchurch general manager said.
The Best Design Awards winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland on October 6.