tadao ando introduces the lang lang club by metis design
tadao ando introduces the lang lang club by metis design tadao ando introduces the lang lang club by metis design
sep 17, 2012

tadao ando introduces the lang lang club by metis design

the stage at the club – featuring a grand piano image © metis design agency


japanese architect tadao ando introduces the world class concert pianist lang lang first high class members club – designed by a group of four designers of metis design agency based in guangzhou, china. situated beneath the zhengjia shopping center in the tianhe district of guangzhou, the ‘lang lang club’ is a contemporary night club combining various styles and themes to cohesively conceive the eclectic night club design. this is demonstrated by the distinct philosophy the agency has worked by – fusing the traditional chinese ‘ling nan’ aesthetic with the western world – creating a mixture of a modern and classic elements.


the whole space of ‘lang lang club’ can be divided into the a  umber of areas: ‘whisky bar’, ‘yue VIP room’, ‘red wine bar’, ‘cigar bar’, ‘sushi bar’, ‘the box’, the ‘main bar’, ‘the stage’, ‘four seasons VIP’ and the ‘public toilet’.



architect tadao ando discusses the lang lang club



sushi bar image © metis design agency



the sushi bar at the ‘lang lang club’ by metis design image © metis design agency



the design of ‘sushi bar was stimulated by ‘fisherman’s song at dusk’ – a part of a poem by wang bo – a famous poet from the tang dynasty. it describes a scene in which fishermen return home with foison at dusk, the faint light coming out of the marble stone implies sunset. the chopsticks on the shelf are an installation art piece emphasizing the food culture, and the plants placed around the space gives a sense of the nature – closely related to the theme.



VIP area image © metis design agency



the theme of the ‘yue VIP room’ is closely related to the root of lingnan culture, which was largely influenced by ancient nan yue kingdom civilization. to reify a yue king space, the room has employed red color as the main tone, which implies passion, strength and power. the graphic on the wallhanging evolves from the look of a peony, the flower symbolizing prosperity and noble.



the four seasons VIP area image © metis design agency



the four seasons VIP area image © metis design agency



‘the box’ image © metis design agency



‘the box’ is the conjunctional area between the lounge and the main bar. walking past ‘the box’, you can only see the greenery behind the louver from one direction, but not from the other – creating a  little visual game to keep visitors interested from seeing regular scenes.



main bar image © metis design agency



DJ stage and bar image © metis design agency



corridor image © metis design agency



whiskey bar image © metis design agency



to the left hand side of the corridor, is the ‘whisky bar’. its design is based on the theme of ‘autumn moon casting on the calm lake’, a famous chinese scenery located at the west lake of hangzhou. the concepts of natural elements such as sky and land, mountain and water, are manifested through the design of the cloud shaped ceiling, the mountain like patterns on the wallhanging, the branch of the tree in the middle of the bar, as well as the sea wave like graphics on the carpet. there are clouds above, with trees, mountains, and water surrounding. graphics of dou gong elevation have been applied as a decoration on the stone wall surface besides the ‘yue VIP’ door. the element of dou gong has been adopted for decoration at places of the club, and it becomes an emphasis on the chinese element of the design.



whiskey bar image © metis design agency



wine bar image © metis design agency



wine bar image © metis design agency



cigar lounge image © metis design agency



the ‘cigar bar’ is located between the ‘red wine bar’ and ‘sushi bar’. the cigar oirginates from western world, so this space is designed to be a western fumoir atmosphere. the sofas are chesterfield and the ceiling is informed by typography with all the words aligned related to the subject of cigar. this puts an accent on the theme of the cigar bar, and at the same time, on a western style.


the dark colored classical english book decoration below the ceiling also references the cigar, with the side look of the book with gold color letters and lines suggests the look of a cigar. it also implies a sentiment for the old time english library where a smoking space was attached. the fully paneled wall gives a sense of american victorian style- this kind of wall was popular among the ‘well-to-do’ in the late 19th century. the drawings along the wall are work by the victorian english architect/artist, thomas allom (1804-1872). these are scenes of old guangzhou in qing dynasty.



restrooms image © metis design agency



restrooms image © metis design agency



pianist lang lang



floor plan

  • Having helped refurbish pianos before, I find the first picture of the piano amusing for being designed by “ste nway and sons” as scribed on the piano. There is clearly space for the missing ‘i’ to be included(“steinway”), was the character left out by the stenographer used, or was it photoshoped out for some reason?

    N/A says:
  • Why would Tadao Ando stoop so low as to help promote this trash? Must be a slow day at the office…………

    Ex Ando Fan says:
  • At least, the interiors befits the Chinese Liberace!

    Liberace Fan says:
  • ando was cutted by new generation.

    nkyb says:
  • One of the greatest architects of all times is a terrible interior designer.

    camilo says:
  • Ando did not design this mess……..he’s only ‘introducing’ it, whatever that means. The sensei has really lost his marbles……….

    Ex Ando Fan says:
  • I think I can sum up this design in two Chinese/Japanese works 浮誇 (act of exaggerate) – : aloof; to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

    V says:
  • Why on earth is Tadao Ando in the same breath as tacky “Chinese inspired” interior design? I think he likes the musician but is churning in his office at the thought that people now think he is responsible for designing THIS trashy lounge. Don’t worry Mr. Ando, I know you didn’t mean to be associated with China’s equivalent of a tiki tiki bar…

    bazinga says:
  • Are those comments relevants? Is that a design blog or people’s blog?
    Design looks good and creative. At least it ‘s invite to discover more..
    Good job

    Tadao ando fan bis says:
  • The lang club is great design. And that’s designed by French interior designers. That’s fantastic design works. And it is one of best design club in Guangzhou China. It’s from the French view to redesign a chinese element in a new way. I ;ve been there.

    M says:
  • I like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    M says:
  • very great new Chinese LinNan design

    E.J says:
  • The place is “over designed” or over whelming and doesn’t look visually comfortable. So many design schools and mixtures in one space.

    Charly says:
  • bad taste. design boom should be more discerning. just because ando introduced it? or these days its design as business?

    weiwei says:
  • we’ve all been too kind. this REALLY takes the cake! Ando is tainted.

    weiwei says:

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