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Hotel Trends: Work And Leisure Together

In the late 60’s, interstate business and the subsequent emergence of globalisation in the 80s created a need for corporate air travel. As a result, hotel operators fragmented their offerings into two streams, corporate and leisure hotels and what’s really important is that this is all changing as we speak. Across specific hotel brands and even brand portfolios, this great divide between corporate and leisure is closing and it is all thanks to two best friends in modern society; the internet and the café or dining.

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Don’t forget the lights

I’ve worked across a vast array of projects in my career. I think its just the nature of working in construction that there really are no two projects exactly alike and in working on every project you learn something new that takes your interest and capabilities to different project opportunities. In Summary, I’ve built offices, refurbished industrial buildings, built fine dining restaurants and upgraded commercial office lobbies – frequently all in the space of a couple of months. But in all of this diversity, quite often it becomes apparent that it is in the cutting of costs or by plain old mistake, that a key element may be overlooked. And this often is the lighting design.

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Homage To Grand Hotel Lobby Bars

Applejack, the hoteliers behind The Butler, Bondi Hardware, The Botanist and SoCal have just swung open one set of decadent doors to the former Hyde Park Hotel in Sydney. Della Hyde, the moniker inspired by the central city park, is a throwback to the glamorous lobby bars of the grand old hotels of the past and is serving up a whole new level of opulence, reverence and class to the Sydney bar scene.

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International Restaurant and Bar Awards

Congratulations to architecture and design duo Luchetti Krelle for taking out the 2015 International Restaurant & Bar Design Award. This International category recently recognized ACME Restaurant in Sydney’s Rushcutters Bay and is devoted to tracking down and lauding exceptional design in food and beverage spaces. .

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New Look For Accor Hotel: Mercure Sydney Airport

The Mercure hotel at Wolli Creek has raised the bar in its mandate to update the lobby and bar area of their Sydney International Airport Hotel. Located only 10 minutes from Sydney International Airport, it is a busy hotel for leisure travelers and business people alike. Having recently refurbished other areas of the hotel in the 12 months prior to the bar refresh project, the owners of the hotel identified an opportunity to provide a food and beverage service which is unparalleled in the area while giving guests an opportunity to mingle in their down time.

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The Building Guild Win NSW MBA Award

The Master Builders’ Association (MBA) of NSW Excellence in Housing Awards 2015 took place this month and I am proud to announce The Building Guild were recipient of an award. The award granted is within the category House Additions / Alterations / Renovations. The awards ceremony took place in Sydney on August 29, 2015.

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ACME: Hidden Gem

There’s something cosy about a pocket restaurant or bar. ACME is a hidden gem of an authentic pasta restaurant, located down the more peaceful end of Bayswater Road and furthest away from the bright lights of Kings Cross, yet recognisable from the exterior by its aquamarine neon sign to light up this new establishment.

Understated yet fresh, the venue is split into various sections and nooks, including a downstairs area designed for large private bookings or parties. So whilst the restaurant could fit into an oversized pocket, it stills manages to create a cramp-free restaurant.

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Re-fit or Refurb Your Bottom Line

Across my career I’ve worked on plenty of office fitouts for tenant and building refurbishments for landlords. More recently, and for good reason, the question I keep hearing from both parties is this “Can you make sure that our project is an energy efficient as possible? …. But not so green that it costs the earth”.

Well, that’s not actually too difficult… Let’s talk about the landlord side of the equation first. Normally city buildings are owned by real estate investment trusts or other

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Keep it Real: Timber

In so many of the projects we have worked on over the last three years there has been a recognition by the client or the designer that ‘new for old’ isn’t necessarily the best thing for their project. Whether that’s because of the client’s brand message, or the design aesthetic or the environmental benefits of recycling, the trend is on the rise. 

As a builder and a quasi craftsman, I have to confess to a personal love for the way we get to reuse timber. And what’s more is that the older the original building we are working in, the more of the stuff there is to get our hands on.

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Modular Homes: More than just a cool way to re-use containers

You’ve probably seen a few of these cool (-ish) rustic looking shipping container homes pop up in your Facebook feed or on Pinterest if you’re like me – always on the hunt for the next project challenge. What you might not know, is that they’re not just for people who are choosing to go ‘off the grid’ in terms of power or other urban services.

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