“The new Novotel New Plymouth Hotel is certainly shapely, with it’s front façade of windows glinting in the sun, like a perfect row of teeth gleaming in a sparkle-studded smile” (Taranaki Live Magazine)
A long narrow site, a protected tree and a curved design were the three driving design objectives that helped shape the finished form of the Novotel New Plymouth Hotel (project name: Hobson Hotel).
The entrance is off the main Northern arterial route into the city; with the Hobson Hotel being the first significant structure, therefore forming a gateway entry into New Plymouth. The glass façade has been deliberately left clear to provide a less daunting image from the outside, with curtains providing the required privacy for guests. Modest timber batten and metal cladding used to the rear of the building becomes an elegant aesthetic to the surrounding neighbours whilst also being a cost effective solution. The South American Ombu tree played a significant role in the overall design of the site as there are only two of this species left in New Zealand. The tree has been celebrated and embraced as part of the hotel design, with special lighting, paving and outdoor dining space beneath.
The four and a half star hotel was five years in the making with a build time approximately 18 months. The hotel features 85 rooms varying from standard rooms to executive apartments. The restaurant seats up to 80 with the conference room allowing up to 250 people.