Inspired by Kubrick’s films, two young men are building their own cafe & bar — “KoRoVa” in downtown Shanghai. It means a tribute to the “Clockwork Orange” film, which also shows their characteristics and position of minority culture in the future.
Salute with design, not a simple replica. Starting from the film, we project the three paragraphs of the plot to the plan layout and endow them with corresponding personalities and functions. Based on rationality and reality, we are trying to build an emotional place.
原初 The Primal
<We were all feeling a bit shagged and fagged and fashed, it having been an evening some small energy expenditure. So we got rid of the auto and stopped at the Korova for a nightcap.>
Silver-tone stainless steel plates and corrugated panels wrap the entire wall, with complex polygonal structures hanging on the top, revealing sharp, radical, and even dangerous properties. The polygonal gaps cast light that is sometimes pure, bright and sometimes unpredictable, outlining the boundary and haloing the space. It’s like a bird cast from the cherished stone of heaven, or a wonderful wine flowing in a spaceship…
In strong contrast to the dynamics of the ceiling geometries, the brown wooden bar floats in the centre of the space reveal quiet, warm intrinsic qualities. Like the wooden batten facade of an old shop, the alcohol is covered by removable corrugated panels. When night falls and the veil is lifted, the bar shows its true appearance in the dim light, flowing, flashing, dancing and shuttling…
改造 The Reform
<Goodness is chosen. When a man cannot choose…he ceases to be a man>
Open the inconspicuous door hidden in the wall, the space is squeezed into a narrow appearance, dark and black. As the door slowly closes, the plot changed from the original radical to silent gloom. At the feeling of this time, is depressed, uneasy, or is a strange relief, because everything outside the door has nothing to do with here…
回归 The Return
<Where was I to go, who had no home and no money? I cried for myself. Home, home, home. It was home I was wanting.>
Darkness is not the norm. The other end of the door, following the light guidance, is an open, symmetrical room. The ground and wall have a warm beige colour, and the ceiling is covered by square mirrors. The same square architectural language extends from the top to the wall and repeats into orderly niches.
This space presents a warm, home-like atmosphere, along with the medieval tone of the 1970s and 1980s, such as furniture, sculpture. To the place, is a tribute to the past, to the emotions, is a simple return. In the gap between the top surfaces, adjustable spotlights and hanging rails are installed. As the suspended paintings are removed and the lights fade, it becomes a comfortable and quiet seat area. People talk and drink, surrounded by works of art and symphonies, it is like going back to their homes that they are all familiar with…
▲平面图 Floor Plan
Design Firm: DIGITECTS Architecture
Design Team: Ding Yangyang, Gu Tao
Location: United Valley, No.462 Changle Road, Shanghai, China
Built Area: 60 m2
Completion: Aug 2021
Photographer: Ed Dai
Construction：Shanghai Suji Architectural Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd
Lighting Consultant: Shanghai Jimi Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd