Winner: NZIA Resene Local Award for Architecture 2006 (Hospitality & Tourism)
Winner: NZIA Resene Colour Award 2006 (Hospitality & Tourism)
“Playful spaces and shapes invite patrons to relax and enjoy themselves, the created interior/exterior environment melding well with the busy adjoining street…”
At the street edge, where the former pub walls and patterned glass windows once concealed the six o’clock swill, the relationship between façade and footpath is now celebrated. A series of cantilevered rooms with inset deck and entrance are complete with full height timber windows. Doors and canopies, which slide away fluently, expose the bar and its patrons to the passing street life.
Conventional public and private bar spaces have been reshuffled. Permeable timber screens and high-back booth seating replace dividing walls to create an eclectic mix of comfortable areas that are both welcoming and private at the same time.
With a keen sense to imbue this renovation with rich layers of material interest, a diverse and seasoned mix of colour and texture became integral. Inspired through a nostalgic collection of New Zealand images and landscapes, these selections celebrate the new fabric of the building. The interior also resonates with the oils and stains used to preserve existing elements. (architecturenz)www.thecross.co.nz