Grand Casino Dunedin

Annie Simpson King

2021 Winner

Resene Total Colour Heritage
Colour Maestro Award

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"This project was designed to bring back the ‘wow’ and bring back the ‘wow’ it has. The sumptuous colour palette and metallic hues play to the decadence and opulence of a grand night out. Richly layered, it's testament to the passionate purpose to recapture and enhance this grand building's beauty to appeal to the guests of today." - Judges Comment

Historically, the Dunedin Casino brand was about opulence and grandeur of yesteryear with the elegant décor and grand spiral staircase, but over time it had lost its vibrance and needed a refurbishment. Located within a Heritage 1 status building in central Dunedin. 

The new Grand Casino Dunedin needed a modern, elegant twist returning the opulence and wow back to this beautiful grand building where the Victorian era were masters of rich layers. 

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To bring the grandeur back, gold filigree was enhanced throughout the design adding to what was already existing. Painting the ceiling in Resene Pure Pewter Metallic gave impact. Walls are painted in two shades of neutral off whites, the carpet is now lighter and has a gold pattern linking a sense of belonging.

The bar shines and sparkles with bright gold mosaic tiles giving that Casino feel, with feature lighting to create atmosphere and mood. Elegant furniture in velvets and gold tones are used with pops of colour that are graceful and elegant in the rooms. Large pots of palms bring life to the space, giving it an international feel. When sitting in the bar areas you experience a feeling of grandeur that you could be anywhere in the world. This design was all about the attention to details, of layering textures, colours, and shapes together.

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