The Century Restaurant by Paring Onions

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
The Century

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Restaurant

INSPIRATION:
The interior concept playfully incorporates symbolisms of Chinese culinary culture with a modern twist. It is critical to keep its precedent restaurant - Golden Century’s unique history brand DNA in mind, but also an opportunity to introduce a refreshing side of the group, inspired by a creative take on Chinese dining customs. The design has playfully utilize commonly seen elements in a Chinese Restaurant and rejuxtapose into a contemporary and sophisticated restaurant space.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Golden Century Group has been an award winning and institution of Chinese dining in Sydney, and its latest addition is THE CENTURY located at The Star, Sydney. Paring Onions is responsible for the full design and branding of the restaurant, from interiors to branding, graphics including logo design, menu, wine list, signages, business cards, and staff uniforms.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
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PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was completed in 2013 in Sydney, Australia

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The signature fish tanks of Golden Century have inspired a completely new design being showcased at the entry of THE CENTURY. The fifteen individual aquarium tanks have been made with double glazed, toughened glass to ensure the best possible insulation and durability. The frameless construction aims to maximize translucency and visibility between the entry reception and the main dining room. Raised platform integrates an intricate water filtering system also creates a stage that offers an unobstructed view of the tanks for the diners in the main dining room. An area of the restaurant dedicated and affectionately named as the Sun Room, is an enclosed area with full height glazing and ample natural light to create a perfect area for lunch by day and twilight by dinner. The hanging light features again are key to creating an eye catching, intimate dining area. The Sunrooms are also available for reservations for private functions. The lighting feature seen across the back wall of the semi-private rooms is made up of tea cups hanging by fibre optics to create a design feature again pays its tribute to symbols of Chinese Cuisine. Genuine and natural solid American Oak blocks were used for the construction of the 4 semiprivate rooms to accentuate the authenticity of this featured space, stimulating the texture and scent of American Oak Barrels, renowned for the best barrels used during the wine fermentation process. The same theme and use of American Oak is featured across different parts of the restaurant with the wine room and bar area. The use of chopsticks was first recorded and dated back to 1766. It’s simplicity, practicality, and elegance has lasted all these years, without any need of ‘improvements’, truly an example of a timeless piece of good design. The interiors of THE CENTURY features a Great Wall of Chopsticks to pay its respect to this imperative Chinese dining utensil, Paring Onions designed a series of handmade wall tiles compiled by 82,320 chopsticks, creating a unique wall surface and subtle texture that gave characters and dynamic to THE CENTURY.

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ADDED DATE:
2018-02-26 03:43:16

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Alex Wong and Kylie Chow

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1 FISH TANK
Image #2 MAIN DINING
Image #3 SEMI PRIVATE01
Image #4 CHOPSTICKS FEATURE WALL
Image #5 LIGHTING FEATURE

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Golden Century Group

PROFILE:
The Golden Century Group, which has been behind a number of popular Sydney dining institutions since 1989, has offered a new addition to its new Cantonese restaurant at The Star, called THE CENTURY. THE CENTURY, which when translated in Cantonese means, ‘essence of Golden Century’, still retains the menu and seafood offered by Golden Century restaurant in Chinatwon, but also showcases a new interior concept, which has been designed by Paring Onions based in Hong Kong. THE CENTURY offers a menu designed to highlight the use of live seafood and fresh ingredients in creating authentic Cantonese classics and favourites of the well-known and original Golden Century. Following on from the acclaim and recognition of the Golden Century wine list by Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine and Wine Spectator, THE CENTURY has also compiled a wine list worthy of the modern design concept and setting of the new restaurant. Frederic Luvisutto, managing director of The Star, added, ”We’re delighted to have such a well respected and much loved business, like the Golden Century Group, join our award winning suite of restaurants here at The Star. From the modern design to the delicious menu, we’re predicting THE CENTURY will be a must visit destination for our guests.”

NOMINATION DETAILS

The Century Restaurant by Paring Onions is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

The Century Restaurant by Paring Onions is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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