Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Not your Average 5-Star Resort

Immersed within Franz Joseph’s rainforest, Te Waonui Forest Retreat reimagines the 5-star hotel experience. The resort is designed to bring out the magic in the scenery around it, flowing seamlessly from the built to natural landscape. Cosgroves was responsible for full building services and fire engineering design, presenting the exciting challenge of integrating next generation sustainability principals throughout all services.

Great Design That No One Can See

When a building is located amongst such beauty, designers are challenged to create a structure that blends in rather than stands out. With 100 rooms, a restaurant, bar, reception, and many back of house areas, Scenic Group and Dalman Architects did a fantastic job of creating spaces with distinct visual interest, whilst not attempting to out-do the views just outside.

Our role was to design incredibly efficient HVAC, hydraulic, electrical, and fire engineering solutions that guests would never notice. We achieved this by balancing requirements between cost, sustainability, and aesthetics, and communicating clearly with other designers. This approach ensured that the vision for Te Waonui was realised, exceeding sustainability targets and looking clean.

If a Retreat is Constructed in the Woods, Does it Make a Sound?

The remote construction site posed a challenge for site inspections. We were well aware that any minor errors in this stage could lead to excessive costs if tradesmen had to be re-engaged or we had to alter our design in response. Therefore, we allocated a significant amount of time to visit the site throughout the construction process. This ensured that our unique designs were installed correctly, and we were able to respond to queries immediately.

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