The Lake Counter – Hilton Hotel, Queenstown

The Lake Counter client brief was for a hybrid café grocery and delicatessen, that was to act as a heart to the multi-million dollar Kawarau Village development in Queenstown. The development itself is comprised of a range of accommodation types; from serviced apartments, and three star through to five star accommodation including The Hilton Hotel chain.

Several tenancy locations were considered, but ultimately a 'crossroads' locale with a great view was determined as the best for the café, situated at the top of the Wakatipu Steps. A major challenge was to provide a viable grocery offer including enough product lines and types within a restricted footprint whilst maintaining a minimal modern aesthetic to reflect the design aspirations for the overall Kawarau Village as a whole. Tight timeframes and the environmental conditions of a Queenstown winter were also project issues that needed to be accounted for.