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.
Twin Towns Services Club:
Wharf St Tweed Heads NSW
(07) 5536 2277 or www.twintowns.com.au
Since its inception in 1950, Twin Towns Services Club has developed into a multi million-dollar business and the largest Services Club in Australia. The Management/Board of the club have begun a huge three-year/three-stage transformation. JVG Sound Lighting and Visual worked alongside Control Gadgets as the head audiovisual consultants of the newly completed Stage 1 of the proposed project work. Jade Golar, Managing Director of JVG worked closely with the Club, builders and programming specialists to produce a successful modern outcome for the project. JVG is now working on Stage Two of the project, to be completed prior to the end of 2012.
26 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
(07) 5538 3338 or www.livnightclub.com.au
Wow. Will you take a look at the latest from Surfers: Liv Nightclub. The lighting was a result of a collaboration between Cree LED from the US, New Zealand’s stellarscape lighting controllers and German Madrix control software. Some 400sqm of LED is incorporated into the nightclubs walls and ceiling. An amazing 20km of cabling is used to make the LED, powered by 3km of power cables and controlled by 5km of network cabling. The sound system is pretty lavish as well. Nathan Wright installed a full Nexo rig, including PS15s, RS18 subs, and the latest Nexo amps.
1/356 Charles St, North Perth WA
Guests can go back to school at The Classroom, a quirky new bar in North Perth that showcases a delightful design theme and attention to detail. If ever you felt like drinking at school but were too well-behaved, a visit to The Classroom might be just the ticket. Mini retro desks and chairs, materials for colouring-in, a pinboard for the best drawings and reruns of It’s Academic – owners Daniel Sterpini and Adam Keane, from catering business Cocktail Gastronomy, went the extra mile to make the experience authentic.
100 George St, The Rocks, Sydney
(02) 8070 9311 or www.bar100.com.auA church, an Institute for Seamen, an art studio… a multi-level entertainment palace. Bar100 has fun with 100 George St.
A drag queen hosting a trivia night. In a church. It’s the stuff that Catholic guilt is made of, and precisely what happens on Mondays at Bar100, a drinking haven in Sydney’s The Rocks that doubles as a heritage-listed mariner’s chapel. “It’s what I like to call revved-up trivia,” Jason Hirt, Bar100’s General Manager, says. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Sokyo is a modern Japanese restaurant and the original design brief from Echo management was ‘Modern Tokyo with a Wild Edge’.
So you’ll find dynamic design/sharp lines combined with representations of Japanese landscape — something which totally infuses the Japanese culture.
The Star 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW
1800 800 830 or www.thedarling.com.auSydney’s ‘most lovingly detailed hotel and spa’ shakes up the Australian scene with an international splash.
It’s hard to recall such an utter transformation. The old Star City has been quietly retired (a ‘red dwarf’ perhaps?) and, supernova-like, The Star has exploded. There’s now very little of the old left to recognise, as The Star is a sophisticated new precinct that now has Sydneysiders wondering what they every did without it. The Star has had high-quality hotel and apartment accommodation but now it has something else again. The Darling is a five-star hotel that embodies all that is cool in top-tier accommodation worldwide. It’s classy without being stuffy, it’s edgy, without being kitsch.
The Burbury Hotel:
1 Burbury Close, Barton ACT
(02) 6173 2700 or www.burburyhotel.com.au
I’m not the first one to say it, but Canberra is a peculiar place. Normal ‘rules of engagement’ don’t necessarily apply. And as you get sucked nearer the Parliament Hill vortex those rules become more and more elastic. The area I’m referring to, Barton, is dominated by be-suited bureaucrats, lobbiests, and pollies. Regular people like you and me hardly rate a mention. So when the Doma Group built the five-star Hotel Realm [Issue 36] it was very aware of its target market. Yes, leisure travellers would occasionally flit in and out of the Realm orbit but here was a hotel designed, built and pitched to the Monday to Friday visitor.
When I started in this industry 20-odd years ago, there seemed to be very little demand for lighting design in Australia’s architectural community and there were very few of us around. These days, architects and interior designers, as well as a number of end users, appreciate what it is that we do and how our input creates much better results, which is why you’ll now see a lighting designer on all major projects.
Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens:
13 Spring Street, Melbourne VIC
(03) 9205 9999 or h2086-RE02@accor.com
Newly refurbished and launched on February 29th, Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens is the new name for a hotel that has seen a number of transformations over the 50 years since it was first built. Given the hotel’s prime position on the edge of the CBD, it’s not surprising that in the 1960s and ’70s it was a popular destination for touring rock bands.