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- Architect Elenberg Fraser
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Elenberg Fraser has been honoured at the HA+D Hotel Management Asia Hospitality Awards in Hong Kong, receiving the 2012 Award for Design Excellence in Restaurants for the new Vue de monde restaurant in Melbourne’s Rialto Tower.
The international awards acknowledge exceptional project design and product innovation in the Asia Pacific region’s hospitality industry, and are judged by an international panel of design experts and readers of Hospitality Architecture+Design (HA+D) magazine.
The design for Vue de monde is inspired by the abstract Australian landscape, using Melbourne’s waterways and other natural Australian attractions as the basis for a link between destination dining and tourism. Melbourne’s Yarra River and Australian animals and insects were all referenced in the restaurant’s materials and features, from the black basalt surface of the billabong to the stretched animal hides covering the tables.
Elenberg Fraser director Callum Fraser said: “Our design for Vue de monde is an investigation of the links between body, memory and ritual. We wanted to go beyond the clichés that dominate Australian tourism and create a connection with Melbourne’s local natural environment – the river estuary.”
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