Winner of the Best of Year award for Bar/Lounge is Nyx, named after the Greek goddess of the night. Designed by Alberto Caiola Studio (@albertocaiola), this futuristic rooftop bar takes its inspiration from Roman ruins. Such an open, comfortable spot is hard to find in densely populated Shanghai, where Caiola now lives, so it was a fitting conceit for a nightlife destination.
The 6,458-square-foot lounge reinterprets classical architecture in glowing blue light. Caiola wrapped 13 miles of UV-reactive PVC cord around modular painted-steel frames, forming pillars, benches, and an arched portico around the bar. “We created a story with a single material as the visual core,” he notes. The design also references the city’s illuminated highways and tangles of electric wires, while feeding the insatiable local appetite for novelty.
📷: Dirk Weiblen
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