QUEENSTOWN // NEW ZEALAND
Using a selected tender process, Shotover Jet wanted to replace their existing administration centre with an’ icon’ building to attract tourists from around the world, a building with better operational flows, with an emphasis on pre and post jet boat experience and with provision for more revenue oriented opportunity around jet boating.
Selected as one of the two preferred schemes, the proposal achieved the complex design brief on a magnificent promontory site around which the Shotover river winds its way down to the Kawerau river then to the mighty Clutha river. The upturned roof tips to acknowledge the mountain side forces around the promontory site. Its underside, viewed from the river below, is furrowed like the underside of a jet boat, to grip the water. From the mountains above it appears as a saddle, a waka moving down the river gorge. A Pounamu greenstone welcomes the visitor.
The very first jet boat used on the river has become reception counter and focus. Sweeping views surround the visitor on all sides with invitation to see, hear, touch and move as part of the rushing and ebbing ‘river jet boating’ experience.