Modern urban life, with its rapid pace, pushes everyone to endlessly move forward. Every employee bustling around yearns for a moment of relaxation, a moment to relieve the mind and enjoy themselves with friends and soulmate. Bar is a superlative spot for people to relax themselves, to temporarily run away from the tedious work for a moment in a slightly drunken state, and enjoy pure joy with soulmate and friends in a leisurely and delightful atmosphere. Sodoi, originally motivated by such an aspiration, is devoted to providing an interesting space for urban employees to escape from the city. We also exert our effort to create space with great appeal and full of surprise.
For the first floor, we integrate urban park and street elements into the space, which prompts young people to engage themselves in social interactions and free themselves in such a “relaxing” atmosphere. The array of camera devices and timers on the wall at the entrance are suggestive of an era when everyone is under constant surveillance, while young people of Generation Z are eager to share their interesting and individual life through “cameras”, and to present their own “peculiarity” to others. The guest area, located in the middle of the space, surrounds a lush green plant, which symbolizes hope hatched from the wasteland of cyberspace in the dim light.
A tunnel-like staircase leads to the second floor, where we integrate the theme of outdoor street into the space, and create a completely “upside-down world”. We intend to create a surreal cyberpunk space. In the space, the common walkway is placed at the top of the space, in which two humanoid sculptures stroll in the reverse world. With the upside-down world, the indoor-outdoor displacement, and the mutual reflection of lighting and dynamic video, customers can wonderfully immerse themselves within the space. In that sense, the entire second floor is transformed into a surreal cyberpunk space.
Our perception of the world has already been reshaped by technology. The advent of meta-universe may possibly allow people to shuttle back and forth virtuality and the reality. Hopefully, this “upside-down world” can immerse people in it in advance.
Project name: Sodoi Bar
Project location: Weigong Village, Haidian District, Beijing
Director: Guoyuan Wu
Project team: Yihao, BoBo, Xiaoyu，Xiaoming，Zhanghao，Lvge，
Main materials: Stainless steel, metal paint, floor paint,
Indoor area: 303 square meters
Completion date: Jan.2022
Photography: OR Design