OTS Global, a subsidiary of Okinawan Tourist Services (OTS) in Japan, was looking for a building that would be an architectural showpiece for their NZ operations.
Their flagship NZ headquarters needed to include a rental car operation, driver rest room, Japanese Toto washlets, café, and space for driving simulators and driver training. It was also crucial that the building be sympathetic to the Queenstown environment and QLDC district plan.
The significant challenges for this project were working within the QLDC district plan, and with overseas-based clients for whom English was a second language.
It was also essential to incorporate multiple features uncommon to NZ builds, such as the Japanese washlets. Fortunately, the Tuatara team thrive on challenges and were able to achieve a building design that pleased all involved.
The end result was a two-storeyed, 800m2 building – including a large viewing deck with views of the Remarkables – and separate office space.
The building was clad in natural stone, western red cedar and reflective glass, and features two-storeyed stone columns. These design elements are in keeping with the stunning Queenstown mountain range backdrop.