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An innovative use of materials underlined by vivid colour, creates an air of excitement at this new cinema complex

Star-studded experience

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The modern consumer sees a shopping centre as more than just a place to purchase goods and services. Browsing through shops, eating a meal at a food court and enjoying promotional activities make a trip to the mall more of an entertainment experience.

Westfield St Lukes shopping centre has taken this concept one step further with the introduction of the new Village SkyCity Cinema complex. The eight-screen cinema is the final stage of the 55 million-dollar redevelopment of the centre, which now includes over 150 new fashion, food and lifestyle stores, says John Widdup, director of Westfield NZ.

"Offering a one-stop retail, leisure and entertainment experience, it is the perfect day out with something for everyone."

Part of a second-level extension which includes a new gallery-style mall, the complex comprises eight new cinemas with a total seating capacity of 1650 people.

State-of-the-art digital sound and screen technology, stadium-style seating and deluxe seats with double-width arm rests and cup-holders are features of each theatre. A spacious foyer, private function room, interactive games area and a licensed bar complete the line-up of amenities.

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Amstar Interiors was commissioned to fit out the new complex. As it was one of the largest projects ever undertaken by the company, there were several challenges, says director Keith Brockbank. Taking on an overall management role, Amstar Interiors worked closely with the client, Walker Architects and various subcontractors to enable the cinema to open two weeks ahead of schedule. This was despite having to work with an extensive amount of high-standard finishes, including various forms of glass.

"Our skilled team is renowned for its ability to accommodate unusual design requests. Our familiarity with the increasingly diverse range of materials being specified by architects enabled us to complete the job successfully and on time," says Brockbank Architect David Simiona says material selection was based on performance, durability and cost but that the materials still needed to have the desired look.

"Establishing a visual connection between the complex and the mall was imperative. To achieve this, backlit, illuminated surfaces and signage were installed to provide a point of difference from the mall's neutral backdrop, " says the architect.

"The concession and bar counters feature liquid glass over a specialised paint finish. Glass panels with an applied graphic design highlight counter fronts. To create bold, reflective surfaces, brushed stainless steel was used extensively – on the wall linings, handrails, door frames and door finishes."

For more information, contact Westfield New Zealand, phone (09) 978 5050, fax (09) 978 5070. Website:www.westfield.co.nz .

For further details, contact Amstar Interiors, PO Box 90-407, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland, phone (09) 441 4550, fax (09) 441 4552. Website:www.trendsideas.com/amstar . Email: keithb@amstar.co.nz.

First published date: 03 September 2003

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