Inside the soon-to-open QT Auckland

Designer Nic Graham was inspired by his first visit to Auckland and "a dozen oysters".

QT Auckland has unveiled a first look inside the property, which is set to open its doors from 1 November 2020.

Located in Viaduct Harbour, the hotel will boast 150 rooms and suites, dedicated meeting rooms, plus a restaurant and rooftop bar.

Long-time QT collaborator and designer Nic Graham is behind the hotel’s contemporary design, which will incorporate the city’s surrounding landscape, with some QT quirks, of course.

Graham has drawn on inspiration from the oyster and oyster trawler, which can be seen in the raw and natural colours and textures within each room.

“The idea was onset by my first visit to Auckland and a dozen oysters – the salty sweet is a metaphor for the design, where we have elevated the bold use of colour and created a cocooning interior that uses interesting local materials and suppliers, adding to the harbour-based neighbourhood narrative of QT Auckland,” he said.

“We have mixed custom furniture with found objects and iconic originals, creating an unmistakeable QT experience.

“Bold environmental graphics draw from the wonderlands of the NZ coast and we proudly support local and international artists throughout the hotel.”

Leading the QT Auckland team is general manager Doron Whaite, who said guests to the hotel should “expect the unexpected”.

“QT Auckland will be a truly immersive experience,” he said.

“Channelling the local neighbourhood while adding QT’s luxuriously quirky design, it’s unlike anything the Auckland hotel market has seen before.

“With stunning waterfront views and QT’s signature dining concepts, we can’t wait for locals and visitors to experience what will undoubtedly be one of Auckland’s finest hotels.”

QT Auckland will feature a signature dining concept in collaboration with international chef Sean Connolly and a rooftop bar with views of Viaduct Harbour.

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