Louis XIII appoints New York architect for exterior design
Hotel and casino property developer Louis XIII Holdings (0577), which formerly traded as Paul Y Engineering, has unveiled a dramatic if unconventional look for its luxury development project in Macau.
In a press release Tuesday, the company said it has appointed Peter Marino Architect PLCC, a US firm from New York, to act as the exterior design architect and the interior design theme consultant.
“For this architecture, I imagined a Royal red robe wrapped around a crystal core, rising up out of which is a 20 meter diamond – the most perfectly formed geometric material on the planet, “said Peter Marino in the press release.
“[Marino] is responsible for the flagship stores of many of the world’s leading luxury brands including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Emengegildo Zegna, Graff and Loewe,” the press release added.
In addition to appointing Marino, Louis XIII also confirmed the other consultants who would be working on the project.
These include the local architect and hotel licensing consultant Eddie Wong & Associates, project architect Hsin Yieh Architects & Engineers, geotechnical and structural engineer Meinhardt (C&S) and quantity surveyor Rider Levett Bucknall.
Louis XIII’s own 51 percent owned subsidiary, Paul Y Engineering Group, will be carrying out the construction work.
What these other consultants will make of Marino’s imaginative exterior appearance for the project is not yet known.
The company officially broke ground for the project, “Macau’s first domestically conceived and developed luxury lifestyle brand” according to a press release at the time, in Macau’s Cotai Strip last April.
In a stock exchange notice in November last year, Paul Y Engineering, as it was then known, proposed to diversify into development of hotel and gaming property in Macau.
It then bought a local company that owned the land and which had an MOU with one of the affiliates of the six gaming concessionaires to manage and operate the casino upon completion.
Paul Y Construction (Macau), a subsidiary of Paul Y Engineering, would act as design-build manager during construction of the project, of which the total development budget was estimated at HK$6.5 billion.
The project’s construction cost alone was estimated at HK$2.6 billion by Rider Levett Bucknall.
On completion in early 2016, the project will boast a total gross area of about 945,000 square feet including about 230 duplex guest suites each with an area of about 2,000 square feet, 15 villas each with an area of 5,000 square feet and one Royal Villa with about 20,000 square feet.
“Subject to government approval, the property will also have a casino,” the company said in its 2012/13 annual results.
So far the company has not announced just which of the concessionaires will operate the proposed casino.