Architecture F+D=A have completed a major conversion and refurbishment of an existing buffet restaurant into a dance bar / live music venue within the Skycity Hamilton Casino complex. Operating within tight timescales, Vue Bar was successfully opened on time and budget in December 2007; ready to take advantage of the busy Christmas period.
As the space was located at the end of a deep arcade from Victoria Street, a major design challenge was to give the new bar and specifically the performance stage visibility and presence from the main street footpath; able to feed customers in from both the main gaming floor and the arcade from Victoria Street.
Architecture F+D=A responded to this challenge with a combination of colour changing lighting, a video wall and a continuous stepped access to provide a dynamic and open feel at the entrance, whilst providing a wide view of the interior and importantly of the stage.
A major feature of the interior is a series of dramatic brass clashed canopy structures that are based around existing structural columns, branching to the ceiling, complete with thousands of LED festoon lighting strands. The existing ceiling was removed, the services were uncovered and the underside of the exposed floor slab painted out to provide a more voluminous space.