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Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

Zebar by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

This bar in Shanghai by 3Gatti Architecture Studio has an undulating cave-like form created by apertures cut into fins along its length.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

Called Zebar, the live music venue has a zig-zag plan.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

Each of the boards used to make the fins and shape the interior was cut by hand.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

Photographs are by Daniele Mattioli.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

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Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

The information below is from 3Gatti Architecture Studio:


ZEBAR
a live bar in Shanghai

This project was born in 2006 when a Singaporean movie director and an ex musician from the south of China decided to open a live bar in Shanghai.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

The budget was very low but the client was incredibly good and open-minded to us.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

The schedule was very tight and fortunately they liked immediately one of the first concepts I proposed to them: a caved space formed from of a digital Boolean subtraction of hundreds of slices from an amorphic blob.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

The idea looks complex but actually is very simple and was born naturally from the digital 3D modelling environments where me and others enjoy playing with virtual volumes and spaces.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

The space was subdivided into slices to bring it back from the digital into the real world; to give a real shape to each of the infinite sections of the fluid rhino nurbs surfaces.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

In Europe the natural consequence of this kind of design will be giving the digital model to the factory and thanks to the numeric control machines cut easily the huge amount of sections all different from each other.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

But we were in China where the work of machines is replaced by the work of low paid humans.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

Using a projector they placed all the sections we drew on the plasterboards and then cut each of them by hands.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

The cost was surprisingly low and the sense of guilt towards the workers higher.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

The construction was incredibly fast and was almost finished in a couple of months, when we discovered the naïve clients didn’t have any business plan and the site remained closed for 3 years and was finally completed and opened in 2010 when they discovered how to run the business.

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

This is the story of the ZEBAR, a digital design built into an analogic world.

Text by Francesco Gatti

Zebar by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

ZEBAR CREDITS:

Architecture firm: 3Gatti
Chief architect: Francesco Gatti
Project manager: Summer Nie
Collaborators:
Nicole Ni, Chen Qiuju, Kelly Han, Chen Han Yi, Lu Cheng Yuan, Jessie Zhengxin, Ronghui Chen, Vivian Husiyue, Aurgho Jyoti

Programme:
Bar, restaurant, live music stage area, lounge area, dining area, kitchen, toilets.

Contractor: Eric Liang
Client: Jim Dandy
Location: KIC plaza, Chuangzhi Tiandi, Songhu road, Shanghai
Total area: 569 m²
Design period:autumn 2006
Construction period:spring 2008
Bar opening: november 2010
Materials: white epoxy, black concrete, plywood and plasterboard


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