Spatial – LyLo Lifestyle Budget Accommodation

Previously the Newstalk ZB building, 54 Cook Street has been reimagined in the form of lifestyle budget hotel LyLo.

CPRW were engaged in 2018 and have worked from conception to completion with the team at LyLo (formerly Jucy) on what has been a technically challenging and complex undertaking that involved a comprehensive refurbishment of the base building and all associated services, including lifts.

The project has seen the repurposing of almost 6,000m2 of commercial space, transformed into a truly refreshing take on what a budget accommodation experience can and should offer.

Described as “a complete social travel experience with multi-purpose spaces to play, eat, work and sleep” LyLo offers travellers no shortage of variety when it comes to accommodation options.

When it’s time to catch some z’s, there are 190 private sleeping pods, 37 private double rooms, and 70 private ensuite rooms to choose from.

Outside the sleeping quarters, distributed throughout the building are a variety of other shared settings which create ample opportunity for a bit of quiet time, or socialising with fellow guests. These shared settings are strategically positioned off generous primary circulation routes, away from bedrooms.

This is especially evident in ‘The Outlook’, which evokes a tree house vibe. Nestled in the northwest corner of level 2, The Outlook sits eye level with the trees on Nelson Street, bathed in natural light, it is a sweet spot to chill out and enjoy the views, socialise, or get some work done.

A special treat can be found in the main entry to Lylo. This is where Auckland-based artist FLOX, has designed a stunning Kiwiana mural which features korimako / New Zealand bellbirds. The busy intersection of Cook and Nelson Streets is activated at street level with guests and locals enjoying the hospitality on offer at Miss Lucy’s – a bar and eatery designed by CNTRL Space – which sits in close proximity to the main arrival and communal kitchen facilities.

LyLo is definitely a destination and an experience that fosters community inside and outside the building.