One of the most competitive and open-minded industries in the entertainment world is the designing of nightclubs. Creating the perfect nightclub is a passion of mine. Nightclubs and similar entertainment venues, for the majority create a sense of identity through the renovation of existing buildings and focus more on the aspect of interior design. The definition of a nightclub can vary from person to person but in overall aspect, a nightclub is a venue providing space for music, dancing, beverage consumption and social interactions.
It is a social gathering, an experiential and memorable place, and a place of escape and excitement. Most nightclubs are very seldom thought of through architectural expression, progression of space, and flexibility. I feel that clubs should be an experience from not only inside the walls of a building but forming a palette of experiences before entering the main space.
In order to start designing a club, the architect should know that those places are to be flexible and kinetic. Club LED RGB lighting, club effects, visual stimuli are the most important weapons a designer can use to accomplish a project like this. Club lighting is an art mixed with the science of technology. It’s an expression of the designer and what they feel is appropriate for the space.
Artistic expression of a creative mind is the embodiment of a light show. This is the future of club lighting, being able to recreate that vision with lighting. Being able to visualize something in your mind and then being able to create that vision with lighting. To be able to have complete control over the environment is an awesome power.
Knowing exactly what effect you want to create at the touch of the button, to be able to execute your vision in an instant, these are the things that make the lighting great. Nightclubs are not usually programmed in a cue-to-cue format; they are free form with a purpose. For those not familiar, it is like having as many busk pages as possible, similar to a festival setup. There are subtleties that cant be taught and innate qualities that emerge when the appropriate time comes along. The operator does not know what song is going to be played next. Running lights in a club is like being on a roller coaster in the dark. Being able to anticipate the next move, the next beat, and next break, these are things a designer should have in their palette of inspirations.
It can really be a daunting task trying to stay on top of technology. Being cutting edge is a difficult line to walk. My clients typically ask me if they will have the best lighting system I’ve ever designed. My answer is almost the same, “It will be the best system I can design for the space”. Something about square pegs and round holes comes to mind, you cant make things fit where they don’t belong.
When I’m designing a project my primary purpose is to create a system that can inspire, provoke and evoke anything to make you feel something. A lot of that has to do with the individual operating system in which I custom create for each project. A very strong design concept to surround the whole lighting procedure is among my priorities.
A new trend being set in the nightclub business is the additions of VIP rooms and other limited access rooms to create a sense of luxury. I feel that VIP spots should be linked and set at higher viewing areas. This gives the spectator a choice of observation, music and atmosphere. Being able to have choices is very important in the nightlife industry because it makes people feel more important and more aware of their surroundings. Ambiance creates the atmosphere and sets the mood in VIP rooms, making the decor scheme imperative.
Nightclubs can and should break the barrier of tradition and create flexible kinetic spaces that allows for diversity of functions to take place during the nighttime hours. It is a place of continual adaption to the world around. Nightclubs can and should create new experiences and amplify the senses through audio, visual and thermal systems. By creating spaces for experiential quality, one would be able to attain the sense of drama, excitement, anticipation, energy, motion, mystery, and suspense. A series of spaces can act as a foreground or background element and allows these areas to interact, teach, lead, follow and transform the realms of the social environment.