SOFT REFURBISHMENT Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Accor Vacation Club Apartments

by / Wednesday, 16 August 2017 / Published in Vacations Magazine Edition 2, 2017

Nestled into the outskirts of a quaint little village named Wanaka is the fabulous Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort. The soft refurbishment of the Club rooms was inspired by the rustic natural beauty that surrounded this slightly remote location on the stunning South Island of New Zealand.

When embarking upon this refurbishment, staying true to the original architects intent by complementing and enhancing the design opposed to fighting it was favoured. There were some great external architectural details, particularly around the pool and public areas which caught our attention. The concept theme developed for the new interiors was then driven by those architectural details along with the immediate landscape’s flora and fauna.
The general look and feel is contemporary by design and yet slightly eclectic with a touch of old school familiarity.  Lake Wanaka, the warmth of the yellow sun, the blue skies, the snow-capped mountains and the Otago Schist stone provided the colour palette. Highly textured fabrics, wall papers, rugs and artifacts were specified to establish ambiance and authenticity which in turn invokes an emotional attachment to the comfortable Resort fit out. “On trend” black metal frames were combined with vintage, solid timber in furnishings. Also included were trimmed throw rugs, that are irresistible on a cold winters night by the fireplace. It just feels like home!