A message from KBDi Silver Sponsor, Austaron

The Staron® Design Award winner for the commercial category is Tim Bentley for ThomsonAdsett. Tim has been recognised for excellence in design for the Crystalbrook Collection’s flagship Riley hotel in Cairns.

This hotel is the first new luxury destination to be built in Cairns. The design criteria for this project was to mix beach themed interiors in a tropical esplanade location. The foyer of the Riley hotel has been designed to reflect the beauty of the location without interrupting the direct views to the esplanade foreshore. Staron® cladding was selected for its superior finish and ability to mould monolithically into curved cladding around the existing columns. The elliptical shape is the key design element to the foyer – drawing the eye over the pool and out to the esplanade. Staron® Solid Surfaces in colour Delphi was curved through thermoforming and wrapped around the impressive columns from the floor up to the meet the high ceiling. The height of the columns creates an open, luxurious and welcoming feel.

The hotel reception counters have also been clad entirely with thermoformed Staron to emulate the curves of the columns. Due to the easy maintenance and durable nature, Staron® was the perfect surface solution for this high-traffic area.

In addition, Staron® was also clad to the large planter boxes throughout the lobby area. Filled with vibrant green plants, the Staron® frames the greenery to further enhance a tropical feel to the space. The expert Staron® fabrication of FNQ Plastics made this design come to life.


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