Guinness Deep-Sea Bar / Jump Studios

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London-based architecture practice, Jump Studios, recently completed the interior of a submarine for the first ever Guinness deep-sea bar, which recently plunged the depths of the Baltic in the Archipelago. Jump was asked to create an interior for the vessel (fitting a space approximately 11m2) that reflected the Guinness brand statement ‘Alive Inside’. And the solution was a fluid concept, constructed from GRP (glass reinforced plastic), that captures the feeling of being ‘immersed in a dynamic, flowing experience’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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The design was commissioned for the Guinness Sea Experience competition, celebrating the iconic brand’s 250th anniversary – when Arthur Guinness signed the 9,000-year lease on the famous St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin. Three prizes were offered as part of the global promotion, including a trip inside the custom-built Guinness-branded submarine.

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Sculpted nooks for seating, tables and a bar all form part of the shell, which is covered in rubber discs, akin to bubbles. Some of the discs were hollowed out and inset with LEDs, while others were left empty to serve as receptacles for the all-important cans and glasses. Jump worked alongside carpentry and engineering specialist Nicholas Alexander on the construction of the interior, which had to meet stringent marine specs on matters such as ventilation and fire safety while also satisfying the operational requirements of the submarine.

existing conditions and plans

The project involved fitting an object almost exactly the size of the submarine inside it – via two small hatches. The components were made at the Nicholas Alexander workshop in London (after exact measurements were taken of the submarine from its base in Sweden) before being driven out to Sweden and assembled in sub-zero temperatures.

plan and sections

Competition winner Evelyne Gridelet and two guests were flown over from Belgium to the remote island of Högmarsö in the Stockholm Archipelago where they boarded the submarine for their trip to the bottom of the Baltic.

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Guinness Deep-Sea Bar / Jump Studios" 13 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 02 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=233240>

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    They need to be careful about a bar like this–in Tennessee, during Prohibition, the people who were making alcohol were hiding the still in a cave. After Prohibition ended, the hideout turned into a legitimate bar inside the cave now known as “Lost Sea”.
    The pressure difference underground was causing an effect that people would drink but not feel the effects of the alcohol. However when the customers would leave the bar and start to walk up the path from the cavern underground, they would begin to feel the effects of the alcohol as they got closer to the surface.

    There were deaths from alcohol poisoning because the people had no perception of how much they had to drink. Eventually they had to shut the bar down.

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