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In today's China, the night economy is driving ever increasing demand for creative social spaces for young customers. The Molly Club by Yang Rui certainly responds to this, combining entertainment and a restaurant in a bold, colourful way.
The Molly Club has a restauarant on one side and print shop on the other. Instead of bold signage, the club is rather discretely marked, with only a small logo made of lighting next to the front door. Meanwhile, the large circular windows and folding doors maximise music and light overflow from the interior.
The designer here included some 'visual disorder' - so to speak. Soft lines are applied to the building's structure, with the top mimicking the vaulted ceiling often seen in the region's religious building - but here only at just above head height. Meanwhile, modern lighting in strict geometric configurations contrasts dramatically with the wild look of the natural plants incorporated thoughout. Via these strong visual contrasts, the interior is designed to encourage customers to leave their everyday worries behind.
The Club also features a number of dramatic architectural moments. For example, the narrow staircase is built to resemble a precipitious canyon, where customers pass each other shoulder-to-shoulder. A light ball hanging at the top of the stairs is intended to create the feel of a valley stroll at sunset.
Lighting is also key here. In the afternoon, spaces are typically cast in a warm yellow light. By evening, spaces transform under a dramatic - yet still cozy - red light. Materials used throuhout to enhance this club's design effect include concrete, stainless stell, Changhon Glass, terrazzo, mirrors and wallpaper.