Gibbston Valley Lodge, South Island Interior Development, Architecture Photos, New Zealand Modern Spa Building
Gibbston Valley Lodge on South Island
9 Aug 2021
Interior Design: Space Studio
Location: South Island, New Zealand
Gibbston Valley Lodge
A new lodge development on Gibbston Valley Wine’s home block comprising 34 Villas, Spa, Gym and a central lodge building.
Gibbston Valley Wines approached us in early 2018, with a lodge development adjoining their existing winery. They had the outline of 50 or so villas and spa planned around a central lodge facility.
The request was to create a boutique luxury experience that would allow them to share more with those who loved their incredible location and biodynamic wines. The development had to appear as a residential expression of the brand, and the guests should feel like privileged invited guests.
To deliver on luxury we set about re-planning the spaces to prioritise the key functions and site aspect of each interior space. We oriented the spaces towards the key aspect, and increased proportion around the functions of the space to add sense of generosity. We also prioritised the operational zones and services so that delivering a luxury experience would be sustainable for the operation.
The intent was to create spaces that give the sense that the buildings have always been there. Gibbston Valley Winery produces single vineyard vintages that are a true representation of the terroir and our design focusses on this aspect across the spaces. Materials co-ordinate closely with the surrounding geography with use of the surrounding materials and colours with a preference towards materials that will all patina over time. The proportions of the detailing borrow from traditional silhouettes and junctions in line with the heritage style of their branding.
The Guest Experience
Guest experience was our priority for the design and we wanted to ensure every detail considered how it would be experienced. We focused on creating a ‘worn in’ tactile level of detail. Edges, junctions and forms had to be soft, gentle and feel familiar and homely. We were careful sourcing hardware and products that felt and sounded solid, heavy and strong with a crafted elegance.
Most of the furniture we custom designed to ensure we could provide more proportion, comfort and commercial stability that would last. We also worked closely with local artisans to produce custom handles, furniture, art and objects in key locations, re-enforcing the regional context.
Gibbston Valley Lodge on South Island, New Zealand – Building Information
Complete hotel Interior fitout: Space Studio
Completion date: 2020
Photography: Michelle Weir
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Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
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