STATUS // COMPLETED 2002
LOCATION // SINGAPORE
Centro 360 was a restaurant and entertainment complex on top of the One Fullerton building on the edge of Marina Bay in Singapore. It consisted of a double-height entry lobby, a black box nightclub, a wine and cigar lounge and a 196-seat restaurant, all totalling 9000 square feet. It was seen as another opportunity to innovate, this time with a
big budget allowing for quality materials such as Indian Sandstone and ‘Tropical Walnut’. But it was also the opportunity to theatricalise the
hospitality experience, matching the drama of the harbour setting.
It proved to be ahead of restaurant fashion in making the kitchen a performance space, a glazed ‘fish bowl’, where the visual drama of cooking could be enjoyed without the noise and smell, separated from the restaurant by a full-height glazed partition.
The lobby, finished with a woven metal wallpaper, separated the wine bar from the restaurant and faced a double-height perimeter space featuring acetate images of natural landscapes by artist Andy Goldsworthy. The restaurant, divided into main dining, private rooms and a sushi bar, was designed around zones generated by a mix of banquettes, low partitions, open areas and a variety of seating modules. The restaurant had a simple slatted ceiling seamlessly concealing all of the services, including the air-conditioning and lighting.
The result is a variety of spaces ranging from public to intimate with diverse cross-views and glimpses of the theatre being played out around the restaurant.