For more than 20 years Dalman Architects have been creating remarkable hotel, restaurant, bar, nightclub, and tourism spaces that enrich the experience of the guests who frequent them.
As specialists in hospitality and tourism architecture and interior design, Dalman’s work has varied from designing boutique, owner-operated accommodation through to high rise, internationally branded hotels; from local restaurants to iconic casino bars, as well as tourism and leisure facilities.
The company’s strong understanding of the hospitality business – from both guest and operating perspectives – makes Dalman the ideal design company to partner with. In particular, managing director Richard Dalman is sought after by developers, owners and operators being renowned for finding design solutions that balance creative aesthetics, spatial requirements and commercial imperatives.
With clients from across the Asia Pacific region, Dalman Architects’ expertise encompasses both new builds and refurbishments. And a recent trend has seen the Dalman studios in Auckland and Christchurch converting office buildings into hotels.
Recently completed projects include the 255 room Four Points by Sheraton in Auckland’s CBD where Dalman Architects transformed a 19 level 1980’s commercial building into a contemporary full-service hotel. A 20th level was also added to accommodate the spectacular rooftop bar, The Churchill.
Currently under construction is the fourth hotel at Auckland International Airport. This saw Dalman design a 3 ½ star hotel from a disused office building with existing floors extended and additional levels added to provide 146 guest rooms and hotel facilities.
Projects currently on the drawing board include two new hotels in Whangarei, refurbishment of an existing hotel into a Ramada in Hamilton, the extension and refurbishment of the Masonic Hotel in Cambridge, the full refurbishment of a commercial kitchen in Christchurch and the re-design of Auckland’s Maritime Museum enhancing its spaces in time for the America’s Cup.
A favourite project for Dalman is the iconic Te Waonui Forest Retreat in Franz Josef for which they were both architects and interior designers. This 100 room, 5 star eco-resort, blends seamlessly into the bush and has received multiple NZ and international design and environmental awards. In 2017 it received the accolade of Best Hotel Architecture in the Asia Pacific Region at the International Property Awards. The resort is next to the Glacier Hot Pools in Franz Josef, also designed by Dalman Architects.
During Dalman’s 22 year history, they have worked with most of the major hotel brands – Accor, IHG, Marriott Starwood, Scenic Hotels, Rydges, Wyndham, Hilton, Mantra, Heritage, Millennium Copthorne, Grand Chancellor, Rendezvous, Amora, – as well as some of New Zealand’s iconic hotels such as The George, Eichaardt’s cottages, Wairakei Resort and Millbrook Resort.
“The last decade has seen significant growth and innovation across the sector and we are passionate about continuing to deliver excellence and inspired design for new build and refurbishment hotel, hospitality and tourism projects,” said managing director Richard Dalman.