Impala

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An Auckland nightclub in one of the city’s few inhabitable dungeons.

As the corporate occupants of Auckland’s concrete-laden Shortland Street go to sleep, an underground oasis opens its doors to nocturnal creatures. In 2016, Think + Shift was tasked to design an unpretentious nightclub.

We played with depth and perception; gold metal sheets create the illusion of space and vision, allowing people to gather, wonder and pose. Exposed steel tables, steel gridding and wallpaper create an industrial-grunge aesthetic, while logged-timber side tables and dim lighting add to the narrative of an inner-city jungle.

A staircase that leads to nowhere becomes a feature accentuating the theme of warping perceptions.

Lighting detail throughout plays with the idea of depth and impaired reality, as well as protecting the lamps from dance floor activity.