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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Sky Cellar’ on the top floor of a Beijing, Office Tower in China by Superimpose Architecture Design Studio Limited

 
April 29th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Superimpose Architecture Design Studio Limited

Superimpose designed an exclusive members club and hidden wine cellar for a wine enthusiast. The project is situated at the top floor of one of Beijing’s newest and most high-end tower developments, the Genesis Community. Genesis Beijing is a mixed-use development combining a hotel, offices, gardens and a museum by Japanese Architect Tadao Ando. The members club will only be accessible to a private and selected group of members.

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  • Architects: Superimpose Architecture Design Studio Limited
  • Project: Sky Cellar’ on the top floor of a Beijing, Office Tower
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Photography: Marc Goodwin
  • Software used: Rhino, Autocad
  • Partners Superimpose: Carolyn Leung, Ben de Lange, Ruben Bergambagt, Carolyn Leung, Ben de Lange, Ruben Bergambagt, Huimin Xie, Yujia Deng, Xiaoyu Xu, Casper Kraai.
  • GFA: 203 sqm

Image Courtesy © Marc Goodwin

The members club is where the client organizes gatherings and stores and consumes his valuable wine and tea collection. The space is divided by a central element creating two distinctive worlds: the client’s office space and the private member’s club. Members enter through a hidden pivot-door into the exclusive member’s club that instantly offers spectacular views over Beijing’s embassy and financial districts. The golden stainless steel central element subtly reflects the skyline and naturally forms a backdrop of the entire members club.

Image Courtesy © Marc Goodwin

Image Courtesy © Marc Goodwin

A segment of the central divider is constructed with dark mirrored glass which mirrors the skyline and hides the ‘Sky Cellar’. This ‘Sky Cellar’ is a designed to be a reinterpretation of the traditional wine cellar. Members access into the hidden exclusive wine cellar through the automated sliding glass doors. The 25 sqm cellar stores up to 500 bottles of wine from six famous wine regions around the world; Bordeaux, Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Napa, Mosel and Barolo. During day time, the mirrored glass doors hide the wine cellar and protects the wines from direct sunlight. The mirror doors allow members to admire both the wine and skyline whilst being inside the wine cellar. At sunset and during evening hours, the wine cellar lights up and reveals the 500 wine bottles to the main space.

Image Courtesy © Marc Goodwin

Image Courtesy © Marc Goodwin

An abstract representation of the six wine regions is installed underneath a glass floor with automated light. Superimpose designed the maps and constructed them by using concrete ash mud for the topography and stainless steel for the rivers. Within the stainless steel shelves, an acrylic base is being used and designed in such a way that it allows for multiple storing positions of the wine bottles. Bottles can be displayed and stored either stacked or inclined to display the bottle etiquette. At the same time the acrylic base allow for an optimised light distribution inside the wine cellar.

Image Courtesy © Marc Goodwin

Image Courtesy © Marc Goodwin

Image Courtesy © Marc Goodwin

Image Courtesy © Superimpose Architecture Design Studio Limited

Image Courtesy © Superimpose Architecture Design Studio Limited

Image Courtesy © Superimpose Architecture Design Studio Limited

Image Courtesy © Superimpose Architecture Design Studio Limited

Image Courtesy © Superimpose Architecture Design Studio Limited

Image Courtesy © Superimpose Architecture Design Studio Limited

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Categories: Autocad, Club, Garden, Hotel, Mixed use, Museum, office Complex, Office space, Offices, Rhino

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