Shade Club as presented by Romanian Architect SquareONE
Romanian architects SquareONE shared with us the interior design for this club in the basement of a residential building in the center of Bucharest. Since the 90’s there were many clubs there some of them very successful. Some quiet scandalous. The last years before it was closed, the location was synonymous with some of the Romanian interlope world. So it had a bad name. After a period of almost 5 years the location was rented by two guys who hired us to do an eclectic glamorous club.
Since the space is very small, segmented, and with a dark past, and the new owners want at least a elegant, stylish objective, a thought of a mysterious concept with a touch of humor was the aim of SquareONE. A ghostly house animated by the EGO of a small dog. The spectrum is omnipresent. The furniture is illustrated on the walls 2D imagines. But the shapes are extruded in the space and form continuous volumes trough the club.
Because the structure was so dense, and the club divided in 3 different spaces, SquareONE decided to create different designs and graphic pattern that links the spaces.
The first space is the biggest and has the highest density of structural pillars. So the first row we covered in mirrors and covered applied 3quarters of a lamp on two edges of each pillar. A sort of tromp de oeil was presented in the first space, so the pillars disappeared and a forest of lamps emerged (the lamps are made of fiber glass skin shaped on massive wood molds finished and polyurethane painted. The other row incorporates the classic extruded bar and Dj, so in a way they disappear too, being part of the bar design.
The second space is a circular one that runs around the third. To be more precise, the third space is a central lounge box of concrete.
Given the shape of the second circular space, we went for an organic design with a baroque decoration; the structural pillars (only one row in this space) were covered in a Corian skin. It is a soft, organic shape vertically extruded. The Corian skin was engraved with the graphic design CNC milled into the surface of the material. Then a special mold was made and the Corian milled plates were thermoformed.
The semicircular bar in the this space was done exactly the same. The walls have a routed MDF structure a Axpet cladding and a graphic design cut and applied on the surface. Axpet is a very thin extremely flexible and hi glossy material (that has a good fire behavior). I tried a lot of material but Axpet was the only to do the job. Otherwise we should thermoform the plates for the walls too. This would skyrocket the costs.
The third space is a small lounge, quite isolated from the rest. The design is basically one lounge sofa, with a helicoidally shape and a ellipsoidal light membrane on the ceiling made of a elastic membrane that diffuses the light. I used white cords hangings to better illustrate the shape and to link the two elements. The graphic design on the wall is handmade.
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