Perhaps the reason for the existence of fine wine is to help people “let go of meaning” for a short while.
Wine ahead，座落于重庆渝北的特色葡萄酒餐吧，名字由Go ahead发散而来，希望将 “生活向前迈进” 的期许，兑入摇晃的酒杯之中，惬意又认真的面对生活。
在重庆话调侃逗趣的翻译下，wine(歪) a(个) head（头) “长得乖该我歪”——小醉之后摇摇晃晃的脑壳，更添几许迷离欢快的醉意画风。
Natural wine don’t need too many human to intervene and other substances. Without any filtration, and the raw materials and yeast are allowed to give full play to their magic, so that the wine can be “original” and return to nature. It seems that this wine is conformed with our design philosophy. Therefore, we also hope to return to a natural mode of creation with the attitude of “accompaniment”, then people can enjoy the space, and do the least transformation to create a natural and casual, relaxed and quirky space to convey pleasure.
The project is located in Ranjiaba, Chongqing, in a neighborhood street with 120 square meters. The space was originally a two-story store plus a small space for a senior health club, so two entrances exist from the site’s façade.
Considering the most basic needs of a bar, we divided the space into four sections: fun, relaxation, activity and learning, and set them into six functional areas: multifunctional activity area, drink bar area, fun space, outside display area, back kitchen area and bathroom.
According to the brand concept, the modern and young element of “crooked head” is integrated into the natural wine, which represents the state of slight drunkenness and highlights a touch of fun. We also use more arc elements, which are also extracted from the wine glass as a swirling (SUS) element, representing a cozy, a flow, and looks like a “distortion”, but it brings more softness and sway, perhaps just the right amount of “distortion”.
The design of the storefront required the integration of the exterior area, entrance, and logo. The original two storefronts were 5800mm*7200mm long, the existing façade shape was chosen after repeated revisions and confirmation, to continue the design thinking from the beginning. Because there is an unmovable cable above the stairs connecting the upper and lower floors next to the toilet, we moved the stairs, and chose the form of rotating stairs to undertake it, so that the stairs can roll up the facade, which provides a larger area for the semi-outdoor swing area. Combining the stairs with the facade not only saves the interior space to the greatest extent, but also has aesthetic features.
A huge revolving staircase was made on the right side with a combination of curves and straight lines.
We wrapped the staircase completely and made it semi-permeable. On the one hand, it includes the light. On the other hand, the location of the place is located in the small street of the community, it needs to be more social, the form of “wrapping” the staircase is a strong contrast with the openness of the outer area, leaving more space for the community The “wrapped” staircase contrasts with the openness of the outer area, leaving more space for the community.
Only in this way, the revolving staircase and the outer pendulum area form a wonderful arc, and this is also a seemingly “crooked” import, so that people have to bend their heads to enter, which also echoes the brand’s “crooked head” concept, and adds a touch of fun to the facade. This echoes the brand’s concept of “crooked head” and adds a touch of fun to the facade, and adds a sense of ritual when everyone enters with a “crooked head”, increasing the relevance of users to the brand and reducing the alienation between the building and people.
According to the original conditions, it is essential to choose one of the two entrances as the main door. Considering the design proportion of the facade and the entrance way, we place the main door at the original smaller entrance, which looks small but makes a strong contrast with the internal space, hiding the whole space inside the small door, giving the user the desire to explore and adding more mystery and contrast to the internal space.
The left hand side of the entrance on the first floor is where a whole wine display wall , which is to highlight the attributes of the wine bar. With the guidance of the lighting, people will notice the semi-enclosed sofa area. The design of the ceiling above the bar area is the important factor of the whole first floor, we use two different size circles to cut out a shape and depressed the space below the bar to a height of only two meters, which seems crazy, but it actually attracts people’s attention to the bar and make people can find the important factor in the whole space immediately.
On the second floor, the small space separated by the cable is used as the back kitchen for cold food. We make the kitchen inlet and the side exit counter for the height of the cable. Meanwhile, the height of the cabinet reach the visual unity with the left side.
Light is also an extremely important part of this space, as a flowing image, light is fully released in this space.
The same light also appears in the wine cellar, but in consideration of the need for customers to be able to see the wine label clearly when selecting wine, in the wine cabinet partition also concealed light belt, without disturbing the overall light premise, taking into account the needs of customers.
Therefore, we use more spotlights to let the light peek out from everywhere and spread throughout the space. For example, in the enclosed sofa area, when customers are spread out in the sofa, through the glass partition cabinet, the warm yellow light in the wine cellar will give people a warm and lazy feeling.
In the left side of the ceiling of the bar, we have hollowed out the treatment, the light installed on the second floor will be directly through and down, and then spread down through the curved ceiling, creating a flowing swaying feeling, with the warm yellow light spilling out from the glass of the cabinet on the second floor, just like the one shown in Blade Runner, this subtle light creates more mystery for the space, and at the same time, the jumping light gives the space more relaxed and fun.
Project Name: wine ahead bar
Address: No. 283, Song Shi Branch Road, Longshan Street, Ranjiaba, Yubei District
Project area: 120 ㎡
Space Design & Completion: 08.2021-01.2022
Design Team: Luo Peiqi, Su Zhizhan, Yao Han, Hong Qiaolin,Ai Jiale Lighting Design: Yuan Youwu