The Star Event Centre
The Star, Pyrmont NSW
The Star’s new Event Centre is a little like the glacé cherry atop the extensive $870m casino redevelopment — albeit a heavyweight, $100m state-of-the-art cherry. The Event Centre, with sweeping views across Sydney Harbour and the city, is designed to host domestic and international meetings, seminars, trade shows, exhibitions and award ceremonies as well as concerts by A-list performers from around the world.
Jimbo & Rex:
Crown Melbourne, Southbank VIC
Located within the new West End at Crown, Jimbo & Rex is a warm, inviting space — perfect for meeting friends for a drink, or stop for a meal. There’s plenty to enjoy about the Mim Design fitout as well: the lofty ceiling heights with floating beams, the custom artwork created specifically for the space, along with the Volker Haug lighting and earthy finishes. Throughout the design process everything was carefully considered; from the venue name, branding and graphics, through to the final menu and accessories. This meticulousness through the design, documentation and construction phases, ensured the final fitout achieved is a strong, layered and individual interior. (Photography: Shannon McGrath)
The Star hosted the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTAs) Awards last week. This meant an intimate luncheon for over 600 Australian film and television production elite, a globally-broadcast theatre style Awards Night for 1500 guests; two distinct after parties and luxury accommodation for A-list guests.
The multipurpose space was initially transformed into the venue to host the ACCTAs Luncheon on Monday 28 January 2013. The Star Event Centre then moved into full gear to create a theatre style event set up on Wednesday 30 January for the AACTA Awards Ceremony. Retractable seating was deployed and draping removed to reveal a larger stage area and seating for 1500 event attendees.
Jimbo & Rex
The West End, Crown Melbourne, Southbank
(03) 9292 8888 or www.crownmelbourne.com.au/jimbo-and-rex
These are images of Mim Design’s work on Jimbo & Rex at Crown Melbourne. It’s the newest pub experience in the West End.
It was only September when Crown Perth officially entered the world, superseding the older Burswood Entertainment Complex, but what a few months it’s been.
The casino floor was substantially expanded, and the opening of a plethora of restaurants and bars as part of the Crown complex has heralded a change in the hospitality landscape of Perth itself – The West Australian reporter Jennifer Susanto-Lee described it as “going gangbusters”. With the addition of the future development of the six-star Crown Towers hotel, Crown’s total investment in Perth will exceed $2.2 billion. Even the driveway got a makeover.
The beautiful Nobu serves modern Japanese cuisine with Peruvian influences, designed by architect Michael Fiebrich who is based in Singapore. Overlooking Perth City, river, pools and tropical gardens, Nobu Perth offers diners a theatrical Teppanyaki experience (the only Nobu restaurant with Teppanyaki) complete with a private Teppan dining room. Another unique feature is the Sake Bar.
“Our concept was to create an abstracted Japanese water garden that would act as a theatrical backdrop to the beautiful food offerings,” says Fiebrich.
For more on Crown Perth look out for the feature in the next issue of VENUE.
Andrew Hill, Chief Operating Officer – Hotels and Entertainment at Crown Perth, says:
“Neil Perry needs no introduction; this restaurant, designed by Grant Cheyne, is softer and more relaxed than its Sydney and Melbourne sisters. It features a large, light and spacious dining room with central open kitchen and signature, wood fired grill, custom designed furniture and lighting, and views into the impressive wine cellar and meat ageing room.”
Keep your eye on VENUE for more from Crown Perth.
VENUE will be featuring an interview with Andrew Hill, F&B director at Crown Perth, in the next issue. But just for you, we will preview some images of the new venues opening at Crown Perth online.
Modo Mio showcases modern Italian cuisine with Milanese Chef Giampaolo Maffini leading the team. Architect Michael Fiebrich from Michael Fiebrich Design has created a relaxed and stylish interior that might just transport guests to Italy. Michael’s designs match the drama, theatre and fun of Giampaolo Maffini’s culinary creations.
Stay tuned to VENUE for more from Crown Perth.
80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW
There’s already much to be proud of, but Mike Henry can’t take his eyes off the half-completed Events Centre. He and venue have been inspecting the finished and not-quite finished scope of The Star’s refurbishment and from a vantage point we can see the progress. It’s big (1500 banquet style) and involved (“one of the most complex structures ever built in steel”) and for Mike it will be the jewel in the crown of a very ambitious project. The Events Centre will be column-free, weigh the equivalent of a 15-storey office tower and finally Crown’s Palladium will have some serious competition for The Logies and The Allan Border Medal.
The West End at Crown, Clarendon St, Melbourne
(03) 9292 8888 or www.thewestendatcrown.com.au
Mim Design’s work on Cotta at Crown has been shortlisted for Best Cafe Design at this year’s Eat-Drink-Design Awards. Mim worked on custom furniture and lighting pieces, visual merchandising, uniforms and packaging for the cafe as well as the interior design. It’s a caffeinated haven away from the rush of the casino and the West End precinct.
Read more about Cotta in the next issue of VENUE.