Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Hilton - A Photographic Study

Top Image Supplied by Hilton Auckland
I struck a perfect day, the day I paid a return visit to the Hilton Auckland recently and as I was early for my lunch appointment in the hotel's WHITE restaurant, I wandered outside photographing that very distinctive architecture - inspired by the cruise ships that berth alongside it on Princes Wharf.
The pool of course, always gets attention, suspended as it is, between the two buildings (only one of which is occupied by the Hilton. The other is an apartment complex). Although the sun was shining the day I visited, it was mid-winter and no one was swimming.
The Hilton Auckland was opened in 2001. Dan Kwan, architect/interior designer of TriBeCa, Singapore was responsible for the design of the hotel's restaurant WHITE and the bar, Bellini; and Catherine Stormont of HBO&EMTD was the interior designer for the original hotel rooms - although they're been upgraded since. The architects for the actual building were Leuschke Group, Auckland, who were awarded a Property Council of New Zealand Building Award for their work here in 2002.
This is not the Hilton. This is a shot taken at the Hilton, looking across the water at the beleagured Queen's Wharf site - site of the current controversy over plans for building "Party Central" for Rugby World Cup fans.

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