It was like a scene out of Alice in Wonderland that greeted guests as they entered the new Continental Patisserie factory. Delicate patisserie, towering cakes and handmade chocolates as far as the eye could see filled the main event room, with suspended glass baubles showcasing petite petit fours and grass-topped tables laden with sweet treats for attendees to try.
Using technology to transform a ‘bad’ acoustic into a beautiful and endlessly-variable one.
Aotea Centre, Auckland
Three years in development, the recently completed overhaul of Auckland’s ASB Theatre, part of the Aotea Centre, has been a long time coming.
Opened in 1990, the theatre’s original acoustic is uncompromisingly described as “bad” by Kerry Griffiths, Head of Technical Operations for The Edge, the outfit that manages Aotea Centre. And the audience area was “aesthetically pretty tired”. The theatre’s original electronically-enhanced acoustic design wasn’t popular with performers, audiences or critics; while amplified events have worked well, orchestral and operatic performances have not always been heard at their best.
Kerry notes that when the acoustic deficiencies were identified one of the possible solutions was to raise the roof — by five metres — “a very expensive option. That’s when we decided to go with Meyer Sound’s Constellation”.
224 Rhodes Rd, Tai Tapu, Christchurch New Zealand 7672
+64 3 329 6333 or www.otahuna.co.nz
For the first time, guests at the historic Otahuna Lodge will have the opportunity to book exclusive use of the entire luxury property.
Nestled in the Port Hills of New Zealand’s Canterbury region, Otahuna Lodge is launching its ‘Lord of the Manor’ package whereby 10 guests can have full run of the grand Victorian mansion, its grounds and facilities for a rate of NZ$5,995 per night.
Bookings are available throughout the autumn and winter months and stays include a nightly 5-course degustation dinner matched with New Zealand wines, plus breakfast daily. Depending on the occasion, the Lodge can be exclusively reserved for a single magical night, a leisurely weekend or even a longer sojourn.
Heritage Queenstown 91 Fernhill Rd, Queenstown New Zealand 9300 +64 3 450 1500 or www.heritagehotels.co.nz/hotels/heritage-queenstown The Heritage Queenstown has carried out a meticulous upgrade, with every refurbished deluxe room and suite transformed with a new décor boasting modern furnishings, new sleek entertainment systems and sumptuous bedding. The hotel offers a relaxed but exclusive resort atmosphere … Read more
Aldo Coppola salon Milan Aldo Coppola’s spectacular new space is made even more precious by designer mosaics created by Trend Group, the company from Vicenza who is a true leader in the production of mosaic tiles, agglomerates and decorative glass. In approximately 1000 square meters of white Carrara marble, Trend Group’s tiles stand out, recreating … Read more
Jervois Steak House
Brecon St, Queenstown, New Zealand http://queenstown.jervoissteakhouse.co.nz
The Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa has signed up the recently opened Jervois Steak House (JSH) as its official signature restaurant partner. In addition to welcoming external patrons, new steak house (which launched in December last year) will also now service Sofitel’s in-house hotel guests exclusively for dinner.
Operated and owned by Richard Sigley and Chef Simon Gault (of New Zealand Masterchef fame) as part of the Nourish Group of restaurants, JSH is located on Brecon Street, adjacent to the Sofitel.
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa’s General Manager Vincent Macquet says while the concept of having an external company manage a hotel restaurant is not necessarily new, the collaboration is indeed a unique proposition for the boutique-style Sofitel. “We consider Jervois Steak House an extension of the hotel, and like the Sofitel, it offers a boutique and highly regarded product that is second to none on the South Island,” he says. “We’re truly excited to offer our guests an opportunity to indulge in what is undoubtedly New Zealand’s pre-eminent restaurant showcasing the region’s best beef and lamb, as well as a sample of seafood and popular wine varietals from Central Otago.”
The 1912 blocks of the trendy Nanjing, China are draped in both history and modern extravagance. The year 1912 is known as one of the most bustling and prosperous periods in the history of Nanjing and the district wears nostalgia in its architecture and layout. Built around the Presidential Palace, the commercial buildings still carry characteristics of the Republic of China over a century later.
Club Enzo is the latest addition to the popular strip and this new 9500ft² (875 sq.m²) club is considered the flagship venue of the Nanjing Trendsetter Entertainment Management Co., Ltd brand. The club was designed with high-calibre dance music in mind. Adamson products were chosen and installed as a distributed system.
Sofitel Luxury Hotels has announced plans to open four new properties in the Asia-Pacific region this year. The new openings will bring Sofitel’s regional portfolio to 42 hotels in operation. Sofitel’s plan is to be present in all of the world’s major cities, with a target of 150 hotels by 2015.
“Asia Pacific is a key region for us, and we aim to expand our luxury footprint here with another 12 properties committed to be in operation by 2016,” said Markland Blaiklock, Senior Vice President, Sofitel Asia Pacific.
Olivocarne 61 Elizabeth St London SW1W9PP www.olivorestaurants.com When designing the new venue for London brand Olivo, Pierluigi Piu’s intention was to tell a story about Sardinia (its proprietor’s home island) through iconographic references to the main features of its traditional economy (handicrafts – weaving, in this case – and sheep farming). Included also were quotations from the works … Read more
Citadines South Chengdu
CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has secured a contract to manage its first Citadines-branded serviced residence in Chengdu. The 177-unit Citadines South Chengdu is slated to open in 2014. Ascott holds the position as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in China with about 8,000 apartment units in 43 properties, across 17 cities. In Chengdu, Ascott currently operates one Somerset-branded serviced residence and expects to open two premier Ascott-branded properties in the next two years. With this latest contract, Chengdu joins Shanghai and Suzhou as the third city in China with all three of Ascott’s brands of serviced residences.
“Chengdu has strong growth opportunities for serviced residences,” says Lee Chee Koon, Ascott’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director for North Asia. “Its economy grew by more than 13% for the first half of 2012 over the same period last year. In Central and Western China, Chengdu has been ranked the top city with the most Fortune 500 companies. Chengdu is also a popular tourist destination and venue for exhibitions and conferences.”