The new Matai Wing at the Commodore Hotel was designed to cohesively fit within the existing buildings and positioned to complete the quadrangle surrounded by the other 3 accommodation wings. The new wing adds 18 business-class rooms and two suites to bring the Commodore’s capacity to 154 rooms.
The upper levels are accessed by a stair and glass sided lift that over look the new courtyard and into the existing pool house. The upper levels have been designed so they have the ability of creating a variety of room and suite configurations for corporate clients and dignitaries.
The extensive use of locally grown, sourced and fabricated materials, furniture, and furnishings have been used on the interiors to provide a strong link to the Christchurch location while also identifying with the Commodore brand. The rooms are orientated to look towards the airport and the Southern Alps beyond to reinforce the feeling of place.
The concrete panelled structure, designed to the new structural code, come with the benefit of thermal mass as well as good sound insulation qualities between rooms. The use of energy efficient HVAC systems, low-e glass throughout, the louvers and overhanging balconies on the western also assist in reducing energy use.