I DREAMT I WAS HAVING A DREAM
Here, the key element of the design is flexibility.
The house (for audience) and the stages (for performers) are intertwined, allowing the space to take on different forms, and cater to various functions (nightclub venue, wedding venue, musical, theatrical & concert hall, etc.), thus transforming the bunker-like structure into a spectacle venue.
Movement revolves around an organic energy core: a central bar in the suggestive shape of male & female genitals, symbolizing sexuality & promiscuity. On either side of the central bar, multi-level platforms emphasize a natural topography and create diverse viewpoints for the spectators.
By stimulating strong physical & visual interactions through its design, the nightclub is conceived to blur & even break the barriers between spectators, actors and performers, as well as hierarchal functions and societal status.
The end-result champions the notion of unity in diversity, inspiring a feeling of oneness & a blend of the masses to create “ONE” social space.
Client | Seventh Sky @o1nebeirut
Location | Biel Waterfront, Beirut Central District, Lebanon
Area | 1100 sqm
Date of Completion | December 2015
Team | Tessa Sakhi, Tara Sakhi, Aman Slim
Contractor | ACEC
Mechanical Engineer | ACEC
Electrical Engineer | ACEC
Lighting Consultant | Hiljo Stadt
Sound Engineer | Roger Bou Farhat
Architecture | Sari El Khazen
Photos | Ieva Saudargaite @ieva.saudargaite