Transformed into the quirky QT Museum Hotel, Indyk Architects retained the existing eccentricity of the original building that was once the Museum Art Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand. Moved on railway sleepers, the original building had been relocated from the harbour site of where the Te Papa Museum is currently located to the corner of Tory and Cable Streets.
The ‘museum’ theme of display and exhibition is explored in the interior design. The extraordinary array of New Zealand artworks and sculptures from the original hotel were retained to be on display. The artworks hang within newly designed, oversized mirrored frames. Display boxes in various sizes, lined with finishes such as brass, white veneer or white lacquer, also reveal the precious art pieces and objects from New Zealand artists. Through this, a unique design story is told that celebrates the quirks and history of the building, providing a memorable experience for the hotel guests.
A whole new ground floor fit-out involved creating a new reception and cafe bar along with a new ‘Hot Sauce’ bar lounge, located within what was the existing carpark. Existing guest rooms were also fitted out with bespoke joinery and bathrooms, styled with an assorted mix of Gatsby-inspired furnishings with inflections of gold. Together, the selection of lighting, colours, materials and wall frames work in harmony to complement the dark, moody and mysterious ambiance of this very unconventional hotel.
Tongue n Groove solid engineered European oak floorboards in the Penza colour, Vecchio pre-distressed, hand-scraped texture and Grande format feature throughout the interior of this hotel. Featuring an aged, dark enriched grain with warm mid to dark brown tones, Penza complements a range of interior spaces.