Pinnacle Tower, Cordis Hotel Auckland

A landmark tower completes the redevelopment of Cordis Auckland, making it New Zealand’s largest hotel


Project Details

Client Great Eagle Development and Project Management Ltd
Sector Commercial
Location Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
Discipline Architecture, Landscape Architecture
Status Completed 2021
Size 17,000sqm
Design Collaborators Space Studio (Interior Designers), Coupland Cormack (Art Curation)

Redefining a prominent gateway into the heart of the city

The 17-storey Pinnacle Tower at Cordis has created an elegant and efficient extension to the existing hotel, expressive of both the global brand and the hotel’s location in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

The tower provides a contemporary anchor which reinforces its site, located at the intersection of Symonds Street and City Road on the elevated Karangahape ridge. Transforming the skyline, this new tower defines this significant gateway into the city centre; its streamlined form offering panoramic views across the city to the Waitākere Ranges and Waitematā Harbour. 

The siting has played a defining role in the design which speaks to the client’s ambition for world-class hospitality with interiors inspired by nature and the environment.

Also key to the building’s design was improving the hotel’s engagement with the public realm, by creating a street presence at the footpath level, while maintaining privacy for VIP hotel guest arrivals via an upgraded porte-cochère.

The cultural aesthetic

Following consultation with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and artist Bernard Makoare (Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara), Jasmax and interior design firm Space Studio evolved design concepts that embed the distinct identity of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland throughout the hotel. Kōrero with Bernard Makoare established four principles: mana (balance of power and authority), mīharo (aiming for the extraordinary), the incorporation of ngā tae (local colours and textures), and te manawa (the power in the heart line). 

At street level, a new exhibition gallery connecting the tower with the existing hotel engages pedestrians and the art collection on display reflects these principles. Conceived as an immersive showcase of New Zealand art, this specially commissioned art collection was curated by Coupland Cormack, in collaboration with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Bernard Makoare.


Expanded amenities provide world class service

The tower provides an additional 244 guest rooms, alongside an expanded range of hospitality amenities, becoming the largest hotel in New Zealand with a total of 640 rooms and suites. Alongside an array of new hospitality offerings, the development included refreshing existing interiors and revitalising amenities throughout the hotel. Significant remodelling included a new destination bar at the ground floor entry level, expansion of the existing Eight Restaurant and a new Cordis Club Lounge is located on the 14th floor of the tower. 

Three new event spaces expand conference facilities to support the hotel’s increased capacity. The top floor of the tower also includes a new Chairman’s Suite, one of the city’s largest luxury accommodation offerings. New rooms and suites in the tower are versatile in design with multi-purpose inter-connecting room options, ideal for families and groups offering increased flexibility.


2023 NZ Commercial Project Awards - Tourism & Leisure - Gold
2022 PCNZ Awards - Tourism & Leisure Award
2022 Design et al International Hotel and Property Awards - Hotel over 200 Rooms - Asia Pacific Winner
2022 HM Awards - Australasian Hotel of the Year
2022 HM Awards - New Zealand Hotel of the Year