A given concrete shell, over two levels buried within a distinctive five level 70’s office building in South Melbourne became the raw beginnings for the Seven nightclub. The task then to house a major contemporary entertainment venue, simply consisting of ground floor entry/reception, bar, dance zone, stage and service area with a smaller upper level lounge/chill zone, intimate bar/dance area and some funky dunnies. Connecting both levels is a robust steel and concrete stair, partially encases in perforated metal and red glass. The strategy developed along the concept of spatial manipulation of formal objects where the objects themselves are transformed through material, texture and light. The liquid flow of surfaces and form yield at times to abstraction and distortion becoming subtle animated events adding depth and illusion to the other world of club dwellers.
Seven represents a designed diversion to our everyday existence, a space to experience and be transformed by a range of sensory delights and enhanced rhythms. It attempts to blur definition, facilitate flexibility and offer amenity and experience to Melbourne’s discerning nightclub fraternity. Major nightclub design including bars, lounges, dance floor, dj booth. Capacity of 800/1000
Project Team: Grant Amon, Christian Glyde, Jaqlina Lindle, Beth Courtney
Builder: Burgundy Constructions Lighting: Studio Italia
Awards: RAIA, Interior Architecture – Award 2001
Published: GQ Dec, Jan 1999, Inside Magazine No. 15 2001, Specifier No. 41 2001
Photos: Richard Briglia & Shania Shegedyn