A PHENOMENA ODYSSEY
STUDIO8 has designed all-day entertainment venue in Beijing
Every time we encounter spaces, we always leave with a first impression in our minds. One of the things that are often communicated with us is the temperature of the space. It is not the actual room temperature, but rather the feeling and atmosphere that engaged our senses in various ways. Warm and cozy spaces invite us to slow down, while we avoid staying long in colder spaces. Consequently, temperature is one of the key features influencing our experience of spatial design.
The request for CHAMBER28 was straightforward – a new, one of a kind all-day entertainment venue in Beijing’s SanLiTun. As per the client’s wish, all the rooms should vary among each other and yet should belong to a single theme. In addition, each room should function as a business meeting venue, provide a fine dining experience and furthermore offer a private entertainment experience.
Studio8 took “temperature” as a guiding concept, allowing all the rooms to be divided into particular Celsius degrees. To strengthen the uniqueness of the space, the rooms were split into groups, to which a couple of selected natural phenomena were assigned, corresponding to the temperature of their occurrence. As a result, the wide range of temperatures, from cold to extremely hot, offers a variety of experiences, represented through peculiar materials and lighting effects.
Starting from the coldest experience of the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights are depicted by harder materials such as translucent marble and metal surfaces with matte brushed finishing, creating a blurred light reflection. Rain forest Eucalyptus – the boldest among all rooms, immerses the individual in a mixture of colors, but at the same time preserves the sense of nature. With the rising temperature, one reaches the phenomena of Fumarole and Blue Flames. Both of them, although bound to the earth, show quite different characteristics. While Fumarole stresses the texture and the tactility of its characteristic materials, Blue Flames stays humble, yet manifests warm solitude. Its origin leads back to a chemical reaction happening on a molecular level and resulting in energetic blue lava. The process of this conversation was celebrated through the transformation of digital blue bubbles into analogue blue balls, spread across the space. Blue Flames fills the second-floor bar as well as the public areas, where guests transition from the first to the second level over an emblematic staircase, extending into infinity through a mirrored reflection. The top end of the temperature scale is set by one of the hottest among all natural phenomena – Magma. Despite the use of lava stone and red marble, the spatial feeling supplies warmth and coziness, contrasting with the heaviness and sweltering character of Magma.
Additionally, the experience of each room is enhanced by custom-made lighting and abstract animated visuals curated by Studio8, so that all motion, geometry and color is aligned with the materials palette and the natural phenomenon they represent. For example, in Magma most of lighting is concentrated at the bottom of the room, reminiscent of smoldering lava and further supported by stage smoke machines. Eucalyptus impresses with its grid of laser light, giving the spatial feeling of being among the trees of a rain forest. Aurora Borealis and Blue Flames relies on laser machines, depicting various patterns, where the former creates a radiating effect on the ceiling, while the latter is projecting towards the floor, glaring burning blue patterns. Fumarole uses down lights to fill the whole space with a warm yellow and smoky ambience.
Further, the mood and peculiarities of each individual theme culminates into a totem-like piece of furniture, namely a bench, designed by Studio8’s own furniture brand CaoZiTou. Despite the harmonious and balanced shape of the bench, when crossed with the material palette of the rooms it becomes a playful and iconic element spreading across the public area.
CHAMBER28 is a place that is both universal and unique at the same time. It offers a rich variety of usage and services, yet its atmosphere and vibe leave the visitor with a memorable experience.
从最寒冷的“极光”开始体验，以半透明的大理石和亚光拉丝处理的金属等硬质材料，配合光影，营造了一个绚丽的极光环境。“彩虹桉树”——是本次设计中最大胆的一个尝试，使用各种混合的色彩，同时保留自然元素，沉浸式感受热带雨林的旖旎风光。随着“温度”的升高， 是“火山”和“蓝色火焰”。这两个主题虽然都来自地球的原始生态，但完全是不同的表达特征。“火山”使用了强调纹理和触感的材质时，“蓝焰”则保持低调，但通过幽静的深蓝色材质表现出灿烂而遗世独立的感觉。蓝焰——由火山喷发释出的熔岩与气体分子产生化学燃烧的产物，本身是一个奇妙而罕见的化学反应。我们用蓝色球形射灯来模拟蓝色分子，这一元素一直延续到了二楼的酒吧和公共区域——客人将从这里穿过楼梯来到二楼，该区域也运用大量镜面元素，通过镜面反射将空间延伸至无限。 “岩浆”——这个所有自然现象中温度的极致。空间使用了火山岩和红色大理石，巧妙的表达了岩浆的两种本质状态——极端高温的等离子体和冷却后形成的石头，与主题所表达的火红与炙热不同的是，空间带来的更多的是温暖与舒适感，这也是贯穿本次设计的一个特质。完美效果的呈现离不开灯光的加持。八荒根据每个房间的主题，特殊定制了舞台灯光及动画效果，将所有主题所代表的自然景致以更鲜活、灵动的形式呈现出来，增强每个“温度”主题的感官体验。例如，在“岩浆”中，灯光大比例的集中在房间的底部，配以舞台烟雾机，变化间让人联想到暗红的岩浆在滚滚的黑烟的裹挟里喷涌而出。“彩虹桉树”的镭射激光栅也让人印象深刻，让人有一种置身于神秘雨林的迷失感。“极光、蓝焰”中，各嵌入了可变化各种图案的激光灯，其中“极光”在空间中投射出了千变万化的电光秀，犹如划破永夜的北极光；后者则在地板上投射出蓝色的火焰，随着光影的变化呈现出蓝色的烟火。“火山”用温暖的灯光加上烟雾的配合，带来一场炙热却又舒适的体验。