Nyx – Shanghai’s most futuristic rooftop bar?

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If the informal nightlife at the Column of Lorenzo in Italy lures you, the Nyx in Shanghai might just be down your alley as well. The rooftop bar in China’s bustling dense city of light – Shanghai – has more than 20 craft beers on tap and draws attention to it through the taps’ visual appearance in red.

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That is not the main attraction to Nyx, though. The architecture of light inspired by classical construction is a dialogue of the distant past and the abstract future clad in UV reactive cord. Alberto Caiola Studio who just won the Emerging Designer of the Year at Frame Awards 2019 designed an alternative view of one of the most luminous cities in the world.

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Nyx, named after the Greek goddess of night, is an installation of glowing neon setting a phygital aesthetic. More than 21,000 meters of UV reactive cord wrapping the structure offset by black lights activate a glow similar to Shanghai’s highways at dusk.

The duality of openness and intimacy provided by the space in the populous city is a modern interpretation of the ancient site where visitors can lose themselves and experience the surreal.

The Nyx bar’s installation blends cultures and identities interpreted through the wrapped cords. They offer an abstract take on the familiar tangles of cables and wires.

The dramatic arches of the design visually delineate the bar area from the open plan and open-air seating, framing Nyx’s focal point. Literally, the hand-woven architecture is designed to represent a temple that captures the modern Shanghai and its rituals while at the same time peeking into the future.

Through visual storytelling, the designers created a captivating space that is at first unfamiliar and complex but eludes comfort through the immersive journey into light, space, and material.

Read more about interior designs that are inspired by light: Russian car wash, Moscow’s bar.

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