Developers raise the bar for luxury apartments, adding more services
There's luxury, and then there's ultra luxury, and this new apartment development is aimed squarely at the latter.
As Auckland developers seek to outdo each other with the ultimate apartment lifestyle, it seems the new International development in leafy Princes St in the city has raised the bar even higher.
It's not enough to provide spacious, contemporary interiors, a pool and a gym – now you also need a concierge, a private dining room, private cinema, library, wine-tasting room and IT support.
The International apartments are being developed by Sanctuary Group within the historic Grand Hotel, which hosted Queen Elizabeth II after her coronation in 1953.
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The historic facade will be retained, but the rest of the building will be wrapped in a sleek, white exoskeleton – a lattice of steel and alloy.
Architect James Whetter of Jasmax says the International is designed to offer more than just accommodation.
"The striking exterior, the apartment amenities and the impressive collection of shared social spaces will foster a real sense of identity and community for residents."
Interior designer Rufus Knight has brought his signature cool, calm style to the interiors, and specified high-end materials, fixtures and fittings, including German-manufactured kitchens and appliances.
The building will have 88 apartments over 17 levels, with a range of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, as well as 424 square-metre penthouse apartments.