The digital revolution has also driven a revolution in design because it has forced architects to create buildings and spaces with enough appeal to make people shut down their computers, leave their homes and go to them, said Thomas Heatherwick, one of the most celebrated designers of buildings and public spaces.
Zanaboni, active all over the world as well as in the Chinese market for over 20 years now, two new mono-brand showrooms in China: one in the heart of Shanghai, and one in the ancient city of Nanjing.
Olivia Newton-John’s pop anthem “Physical” from 1981 filled founder Horace Pan’s head as he brainstormed the rebranding of a gym of the same name, and the result, the first mainland Chinese outpost of a Hong Kong chain, is definitely dance-party ready. This was also the firm’s first gym project, so Pan spent hours researching ways to elevate the experience. “If you can exercise at home,” he asked himself, “why even go to the gym?” It has to offer something different. Thus began his idea for a form-follows-function “gym-scape,” where bold design would inspire peak performance.
The high ceiling of the 21,500-square-foot space meant that he could wrap it in folding, faceted drywall, spray-painted charcoal gray, without compromising the openness. These dark swaths set off sharp-lined fluorescent ceiling fixtures. In the center of the floor, angled planes of red-tinted glass enclose the Spinning room. “The dynamic lines invite people to move,” he explains. Equally energizing is the blue and yellow light projected onto the walls and ceiling. The light show pulsates to a rhythmic beat: the recorded BPM of one of the gym’s personal trainers.
Project Team: Vivian Chan; Wing Chan; Kamen Tsang.
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Lady Bund shines the light on a new dining experience in the Chinese city of Shanghai. Designed by Thomas Dariel, the Asian-fusion restaurant is beautifully set on the 4th floor of Bund 22, a well-preserved building with more than 100-year history standing at the southern end of Zhongshan Road. Built in 1906 in the “Electric Architecture style,” Bund 22 is the only Century-old red-brick building on the bund, a new landmark standing out as an elegant lady in a red dress.
As the building itself harmoniously blends western architecture with Chinese culture, the owners wanted Lady Bund to be a worthy representative of East-West fusion. They therefore invited Thomas Dariel, Shanghai-based French designer, for his well-known talent to bridge and play with both cultures while being firmly contemporary.
Elements of Different Continents
Both Asian and European elements have influenced the Asian Fusion interior and the gastronomic concept. Beyond culture, Thomas Dariel also takes up the challenge to create a space with a strong identity that ought to be as vibrant and embezzling in two very distinctive contexts: lively and cozy restaurant in the daytime, intimate and fancy dining lounge during night.
The design team of Dariel Studio consisted of Julie Mathias, Andreea Batros, Caroline Magand.
Project Manager was Zoey Zhou.
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