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Monday 17 Jun 2013
Solaire Casino Resort, located along the waterfront in Entertainment City, Philippines, opened in March 2013. This extraordinary 1,800,000 sq ft property consists of 500 rooms, 4 VIP Villas, 175,000 sq ft gaming space, VIP gaming areas, 10 restaurants and bars, a health club and a conference centre.
A stratified design was conceived where each gaming market segment (mass “local”, “GEN Y”, mass VIP and VIP) has their own entry/ lobby, casino, restaurants and support space. A 5-Star experience is provided to both the local and VIP tourist markets.
Inspired by international designs in casino architecture, the concept of the VIP gaming / lounge and lobby was delivered by the use of three finishes. The walls are covered in a light cream-coloured silk. Natural tan marble was used on the portals and floor. Highly dark wood lacquer veneer panels with accent metal trim bring reflection, depth and contrast to the space. Grand chandeliers anchor and distinguish the space like glittering jewels adorning the neckline of a legendary dress.
Strip Steakhouse is a sophisticated modern space featuring an open kitchen that can be viewed from the anywhere in the restaurant. It features a unique and dramatic wall of white wood planks, a bold marble-like carpet pattern in vibrant purple, red and black and modern ceiling pendants.
Red Lantern Chinese restaurant’s design plays on old and new world Chinese architecture, using bricks that represent buildings of old and bringing it into the new with black marble that inspires thoughts of water as a place of reflection. Chinese modern art and laser cut, oversized graffiti are used as privacy screens for the private dining rooms.
Bright, energetic and fresh, Lucky Noodles restaurant is inspired by city street noodle dishes found in big cities like Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The open kitchen exhibits fresh noodle soups as chefs make them, just like a vendor on a city street. The seating is styled after modern benches found in city parks. Bright modern anime art murals bring life to the space.
Yakumi Japanese Restaurant took the concept of a traditional Tokyo style robatayaki restaurant and turned it into a modern dining experience. Here the guests can choose to dine sushi bar side, sit under wooden canopies or in a private teppanyaki room. The use of teak wood was the main signature of the elegant and simple design, which was inspired by the beauty of a Japanese forest.