Nightclub / 2015
Nightclub / 2015
Architect Rabih Geha Architects
Location Downtown, Beirut-Lebanon
Area 1500 sqm
Illustration Rabih Geha Architects
There comes a time in life when we feel as if we are compelled to leave our childhood behind, when imagination takes second place to the tedium of everyday life.
Uberhaus takes inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, the whale of Pinocchio and the bewitching tales of our childhood to stoke the fires of imagination and bring back the playful nature we so willingly loose to adulthood.
Uberhaus is an unexpected space of escape and exploration, a playground for clubbers to explore the fuel of music and the fire of light in childlike wonder.
The exterior is deceptively simple, with 50 containers stacked together to look like a shipping yard.
But tucked away under the unassuming exterior is 1500 square meters of blurred boundaries exhaling bass and beam.
The Uberhaus tale begins on the steps of a walkway lightly buzzing with vibration, tantalizing visitors with the promise of the beats to come.
Darkness intensifies as the walkway amounts to a tunnel, which then expands onto 15 gigantic steel ribs revealing the metallic skeleton of a whale.
The structure unfolds to create a maze of circulation and access space that lends itself to a wonderland of discovery.
The dance floor stands in the belly of the whale under the largest rib, 8 meters tall and 18 meters wide, pulsing with arresting sound and hypnotic light from the RGB LED light system.
Uberhaus is left deliberately raw and bare of decorative elements to make way for the musings of unguarded revelers.
The entire space can be taken apart, packed away inside the containers, and transported anywhere in the world, to the end of imagination.