atelier8’s latest project, AQUARIUM, settles into the new nightlife entertainment hub in shanghai. due to the project’s location, the plan does not rely on the pre-existing square, thus erecting it autonomously. the previously installed four meter high windows enhance the three dimensional space, giving it sublime proportions. ‘enclosed spaces define a space’s atmosphere, but open the visitor’s sight as a way to get their attention.’ explains the architect. ‘our main goal is to blur this line. we decided to kept those windows as a key point and enhance their importance with a curtain chain which will add movement and a mischievous soft characteristic to the huge glass surface.’

dynamism in a static space lead to the leading concept of this lounge — entirely glazing the space with different objects inside and people moving around, resembling a fish tank



between the serving space and seating area, atelier8 include a subtle wall that holds copper and glass shelves, holding the necessary kitchenware. the bar is built from concrete and steel, including a four meter long concrete table through the main axis of the space. the upper part of the tank is firmly colonized by a three dimensional copper structure and bamboo panelling, disposed in different directions. the furniture and lighting are designed according to the previous parameters.

the project is isolated at the vortex of the open space, therefore requiring volume

the flexible use of the concrete hosts both the clients and the staff

the lounge is an enclosed space that defines the atmosphere, but once inside, visitors soon realize the spaciousness

the furniture and lighting are designed according to the previous parameters

the multi-use concrete table

the copper-clad ceiling features bamboo panelling disposed in different directions

a close-up of the detailed ceiling

the bar also uses copper and glass shelves

axonometric view of the plan



project info:


architect: atelier8
design team: jorge gonzalez, dai chenjun, zhao qing
program: hospitality
project description: interior design-furniture design-branding
project year: 2017



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edited by: lynn chaya | designboom

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