The Air New Zealand flagship lounge at Auckland International Airport was designed to cater for a growing number of high value customers. At more than 2,000 square metres the new Koru lounge was designed to seat more than 375 travellers, which is 40 per cent bigger than the airline's old Auckland lounge.
What we did:
Hawkins was actively involved in the fit-out and refurbishment of Air New Zealand’s Koru lounge network from 2008 to 2010. Fit out work included regional, domestic and international Koru lounges, with varying scope requirements. So it was a natural fit for Hawkins to complete the International Lounge for Air NZ in Auckland.
The lounge features a cocktail bar, a two storey children’s play room, an outdoor terrace with a growing wall, seven showers, a media room and large windows offering plenty of natural light and sweeping views of the airport and runway - a feature lacking in the old lounge.
This was a very demanding project carried out in a high security environment, so it was carefully managed to avoid disruption to passengers and staff throughout the duration of the project. Noise had to be kept to a minimal level; all aspects of building works had to ensure that the public and staff were not affected.
The project involved working with an innovative design, which entailed a high level of co-ordination with suppliers and subcontractors. The Hawkins team worked closely with designers and architects involved to ensure a high quality fit-out. The overall appearance of the lounge compliments the profile of Air New Zealand and captures the essence of the traditional Kiwi holiday experience, creating an instant appeal for its international guests.