Designing the Skyline with Dalman Architects

Richard Dalman, managing director, Dalman Architects.
Richard Dalman, managing director, Dalman Architects.

Before the Four Points by Sheraton, Dalman Architects had previously worked alongside Russell Property Group on the BreakFree on Cashel hotel in Christchurch. Afterwards, RPG invited Dalman to participate in a competition to design the Four Points by Sheraton Auckland, which Dalman won.

The project was no simple undertaking - they had to convert the office building on the corner of Mayoral Drive and Queen Street into a modern hotel.

“One of the biggest challenges was working a guest room floor plan into an existing office building,” said Richard Dalman, managing director of Dalman Architects.

“None of the four exterior walls were parallel and included one that was curved. While this did provide difficulties, it also opened opportunities to enhance the guest experience with interesting shaped rooms.”

Four Points by Sheraton Auckland exterior.

Four Points by Sheraton Auckland

For example, some of the bathrooms have exterior walls with baths offering wide sweeping views of the Auckland skyline.

Another key part of the design Dalman was involved in was to ‘fill-in’ the upper-level balconies to provide more space for guest rooms.

“The new additions complement the existing office building and has created a simpler and slicker look while providing a value for money solution for the developers. Our vision was to bring this building into the 21st century and to create enriching spaces for guests, whether they were visiting Auckland for business or pleasure.”

“Converting office buildings to hotels is extremely difficult, but our team is experienced with projects like this and we embrace the challenge. We are proud that we have created a new hotel that is not only functional but also richly rewarding for guests.”

Outside of Four Points by Sheraton Auckland, Dalman Architects has also been busy designing other properties. They were selected to design the new hotel at Auckland International Airport which is about to begin construction as well several new hotel projects across the North Island including the refurbishment of The Days Hotel by Wyndham in Hamilton.

To contact Richard call 03 366 5445, email or visit