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Brownstone Bar / Kokaistudios

  • 01:00 - 15 June, 2011
Brownstone Bar / Kokaistudios
Brownstone Bar / Kokaistudios, © Charlie Xia
© Charlie Xia

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Yongjia Road, Wanzhou, Chongqing, China
  • Architects

  • Interior Design

    Andrea Destefanis, Pietro Peyron, Carmen Lee
  • Client

    Blue Horizon Hospitality Group
  • Area

    130.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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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Ken Jenkins · July 18, 2011

I wonder if Arch Daily really means what it says..... calling Brownstone "a one-of-a-kind experience lousily inspired....." perhaps instead you mean loosely inspired?

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Arkon Edificaciones · June 18, 2011

es viernes!! y en la dosis de vanguardia presentamos un bar en el epicentro nocturno de Shanghai.

YuriSaito · June 17, 2011

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Gosia Kung, AIA · June 16, 2011

KUNG architecture has many restaurants in our portfolio. One day we&#39ll do something this high budget and elaborate :-)

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