Client: Club 26
Scale: 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Published: iDecorama, Feb 2018 ; Inside Outside, May 2018
“The parametric bar counter speaks volumes about the creativity employed. Romanticized as a meeting point for intimate conversations the counter was conceived to allow communion, sometimes even undisturbed by the bartender”
Demonstrating the mathematical principal of contouring at play, Pliant Bar exuberates brilliant creative vibes singularised by design poured with a sense of excitement. Designed by Design Plus Architects, its uniqueness lies in the variation in its concept and design which lead to the desired environment. While the architect's endeavour in solving a complex geometry may have been constant, the methodology of the solution i.e. the details, the materials, and the dimensions were varied.
The primary brief of the design was to enhance the current patronage and of course increase revenue. This pointed towards several areas of existing concern like lighting, materials, ergonomics and display. Another constraint was to maintain the external elevations, while completely overhauling the interiors. The fabrication of the single and few double curved surfaces in the design were resolved by generating hundreds of unique coplanar profiles. A fluid surface was created which served as a second skin shielding the building from the harsh southwest sun, while in-doors it created a dramatic drop ceiling.
This surface was detailed by contouring it into a series of rafters built with structural steel sections and classed with fiber concrete board. Large glazing was planned overlooking the club gardens. The mullions and transoms were dimensioned to avoid any visual barrier while sitting or standing. This in addition to planning a 5' x 13' balcony cantilevering over the greens. The parametric bar counter speaks volumes about the creativity employed. Romanticised as a meeting point for intimate conversations the counter was conceived to allow communion, sometimes even undisturbed by the bartender. The fluidity was developed by laminating 296 unique ply profiles, each being 24 mm thick. The texture of the profiles was further enhanced by the inherent laminates of the ply.