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Project can be described as a landmark clubbing experience... a venue which has focused on high design values with low tech finishes to startling effect

a quirky imaginative area that plays on the reflective qualities of a black stretch PVC ceiling with patent green vinyl seating, large pendant Spacewalker light fittings and illuminated tables. This then links to the VIP area behind cellular semi transparent glass. The impressively dramatic second room has its

of decoration that can be periodically stripped back and recovered. The feel is of a magical garden, with giant fashion images juxtaposed on a landscape of urban-wasteland-meets-woodland-glade. Floating mid space around the periphery is mid level lighting: large colour changing organic forms: stunning Oblivion pendants, supplied by Tyson Lighting (see ad opposite), which visually lower the ceiling in these areas so as to lose the cavernous feel of the venue. The dance floor is central to the space but to avoid the area becoming too sparse, Matt formed a colonnade of temporary trussing structures with cellular roofs and walls that enclose seating areas, thus forming an amphitheater effect yet creating intimate spaces right on the dance floor. This is cleverly angled to provide shelter without blocking views to the stage from any point in the club making the space ideal for large event showcases and Live PA’s. Towards the rear is another versatile space dubbed the “chill bar”. This is

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own entrance, but is also linked to the main room via double doors and a deliberate sound corridor. Matt wanted this to be more of a hard edged, dramatic urban environment. The main bar area has an incredible floating timber installation ceiling with large led flood lights above which cascade myriad shadows onto the concrete floor below. The ceiling structure then falls down the walls forming the back bar on one side and raised lounge seating on the other. Pot shelves then rise from the floors and thrust through the timber ceiling above, breaking up the space. The whole look is that of an urban jungle, with concrete walls sprayed with street art style graffiti, a large chunky timber bar and stingray motor bike vinyl seating booths. The bar then opens onto a secondary dance floor with an impressive stage for DJ’s and live bands. The dance floor is black timber and is flanked on both sides with pot shelves and seating areas. The whole space is characterized by low tech finishes giving an installation art style vibe.

At the front of the venue are the Karaoke

rooms which can be accessed from either venue or the main entrance. Here Matt employed a playful use of pink studded rubber flooring, retro cellular open office ceiling tiles with flood lighting above and Japanese style graffiti art to great effect. The

rooms radiate off a central bar and stage area and have their own seating areas with large LCD display screens. Project can safely be described as a landmark

clubbing experience, the like of which has not been seen in the UK before - a venue which has focused on high design values with low tech finishes to startling effect. The uncompromising style is a huge leap of faith for Luminar leisure but history tells us that it is often the bravest that survive and Luminar leisure and Raw Design have simply cut out the middle man: they’ve created a new concept and brand without having to buy an existing one from a smaller operator or, worse still, copy one. • Project. Wherry Road, Norwich, Norfolk. Tel: 01603 766524 Our thanks to Matt Rawlinson of Raw Design, for his contribution to this article. Designer Raw Design +44 (0)121 236 0247 Lighting Tyson Lighting +44 (0)1254 266000


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