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Brownstone Bar / Kokaistudios

  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Location: Yongjia Road, Wanzhou, Chongqing, China
  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Interior Design: Andrea Destefanis, Pietro Peyron, Carmen Lee
  • Client: Blue Horizon Hospitality Group
  • Area: 130.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Charlie Xia

© Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia

From the architect. The ‘Brownstone’ is a cocktail lounge located in the Surpass Court of Yonjia Lu 570, emerging epicenter of Shanghai night life. It was developed as a prototype for a venue of new concept in co-operation with ‘Blue Horizon Hospitality Group’ (Blue Frog). 

© Charlie Xia
© Charlie Xia

The project combines a simple and efficient layout, partly suggested by the limited dimensions of the venue, with the complex and redundant interplay of textures and custom-made elements concurring to define the sophisticated atmosphere and the strong identity of the place, a one-of-a-kind experience lousily inspired, in the intentions of the client, to the decadent turn-of-the-Century French ‘Salons’.

© Charlie Xia
© Charlie Xia

The bar is divided in a central part, developed around the bar counter and a fully equipped dj booth, furnished with wooden finished built-in counters and high seats, and two lounge areas around it, raised platforms finished in dark wood and furnished with low armchairs and sofas. 

© Charlie Xia
© Charlie Xia

Raw natural materials, wood or stone floor finishes and red bricks walls, are combined with precious custom-made surfaces used as highlights: modular metallic open ceiling, translucent metal and acrylic back-lit lattice panels screening the windows at the background and the bar shelves. The ‘peacock feather’ is a recurrent theme in both the design of the screens’ pattern and the loose furniture color palette.

© Charlie Xia
© Charlie Xia
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