2100 Club, the world’s first blockchain bar, is located in the center of the vernacular area of Xixi Wetland, Hangzhou. The bar is initiated by Chen Weixing , founder of Funcity Captial and Kuadi (Chinese Uber), and participated by many well-known entrepreneurs and cornerstone investors in the Blockchain industry. 2100 Club is a social platform that shares and exchanges the cutting edge blockchain technologies, researches and investments. At the same time, it is committed to create a gathering place for talents to share ideas about the latest Internet technology, industry integration and entrepreneurship.
▼傍晚的2100Club，in the evening
“To own,To think,To live until 2100”。这是酒吧入口的slogan，是与所有新经济驱动者共勉的一句话，而“拥有(own)、思考(think)与生存(live)”也自然成为了酒吧设计之初的依据：摒弃“主题”酒吧的惯用手法，以一种内敛的态度去诠释这句话，并以此营造空间场所的内在精神。
The slogan of 2100Club shares the idea ‘to own, to live to live until 2100’ to all the new economic drivers and innovators. It has been further developed as the basis design concept of interior space which interpreting its intellectual spirit instead of creating a theme bar.
▼在酒吧入口标记slogan，The slogan of 2100Club is placed at the entrance
“To live” is to be in Nature
To live is a natural power, and it is also people’s yearning of nature. It is also the reason that the site has been located in the heart of Xixi Wetland. Its unique site location with preservation code of the West Lake World Heritage, becomes a big challenge during the design and construction. At the beginning of the renovation, the designer conducted a detailed analysis of the old buildings and their surrounding environment, and concluded that the core of the design is to apply contemporary design techniques to the natural environment and ancient buildings. To find out the connection between old and new, people and nature by considering the relationship between the past and future.
The design merges and contrasts the “new” and the “old”, and uses typical design techniques to re-deconstruct the traditional architecture. In order to unify the overall atmosphere of the surrounding environment, a large number of buildings have restored the original appearance of the building, retaining and utilizing the relationship between building blocks and the existing roof structure. After the selective removal of the original wall, a brand-new space that is full of visual tension has been created.
▼保留并利用了建筑体块关系和现有屋顶结构，retaining and utilizing the relationship between building blocks and the existing roof structure
The sculptural ‘black box’ at the entrance of the bar, connected to the interior and the exterior. It is not only a directional sculpture but also conveys the design idea which is combing and contrasting old and new, past time and present days. The outdoor bar area connected to the entrance is open to every guest. The extended bar counter from the interior to the exterior attenuates the boundaries in between the indoor and outdoor space. Continuously passing through the indoor space and the outdoor space without a so-called door makes people to chill in an extremely natural environment.
▼与入口相连接的室外吧台区空间呈开放状态，the extended bar counter from the interior to the exterior attenuates the boundaries in between the indoor and outdoor space
Looking out through the window, the 2100 Club is blessed with natural conditions that give it an independent landscape courtyard on each side of the building. In order to balance the relationship between the old building and the surroundings, the designer tries to open the reasonable proportion of opening windows and the curtain walls whilst keeping the original facade of the building. It is hoped that the space can be reached from the inside outward to the outside landscape visually in order to make the sight more open and bring nature to people.
▼通透的落地玻璃门打破室内与自然的界限，the transparent glass walls break up the boundary of interior and exterior space
“To Think” is to Communicate
▼数字化设计的黄铜立体网格结构贯穿室内，the digitally designed brass three-dimensional grid structure runs through the room
Innovation comes from speculation, dialogue and exchange among the peers. The bar lounge area is designed to create a space for guests to communicate in such a way.The bar lounge area is a dynamic space. The modern interior decoration highly contrasts with the antique buildings. The digitally designed brass three-dimensional grid structure runs through the room and connects the various spaces of the bar together. The extended bar, the curvilinear suspended ceiling, and the starry light create different visual sensations and guide people to explore each corner one by one. The bar area abandons the use of TV and projection equipment commonly found in ordinary bars in order to minimize disruption and create a space that people can think and communicate.
▼舞动的顶面、变换的星空顶灯制造出不同的视觉感受，the curvilinear suspended ceiling, and the starry light create different visual sensations
The design of ceiling in KTV room is inspired by the digital matrix and is a symbol of the virtual future. The different modes of light allows the music to be physically presented. The flow of music can be visually captured, activating the overall space and increasing the multi-sensory communication.
▼KTV舞动的顶面造型设计以数字矩阵为灵感，the design of ceiling in KTV room is inspired by the digital matrix and is a symbol of the virtual future
Ingeniously, the design of 2100Club deliberately reduced selection of the typical furniture and finishes that used in a theme bar. Only in the transition point of the space was equipped with the furniture and finishes that related to the blockchain. The transition also explained the story of blockchain development. The FF&E selection and interior space complement each other. The history of blockchain development is like a living soul colliding with space, touching the nerves of enthusiasts and sparking the spark of thought.
▼软装细节讲述区块链的故事，decoration of blockchain
“To Own” is to Abandon
▼走廊黑色与光影的强烈对比形成虚拟未来感，the strong contrast between black and light creates a virtual futuristic sense
“To own” is the result of survival and thinking. It is a process of constantly abandonment. The true meaning of ownership and possession is not an exaggerated glory and wealth, but a choice of internalization. It is an intimacy and pristine relaxation after the rejection of old things and redundancy. The hallway is surrounded by black stainless steel and the hidden light strips spaced from the ground to the top surface brighten the space. The strong contrast between black and light creates a virtual futuristic sense, stretching the narrow hallway horizontally and creating inward guidelines. The staircase that leads people to the second, which is made of a copper-colored stainless steel facade and a warm wood-colored ladder is just right to warm up the space. Wooden stairs under warm light have begun to wrap people in warm and natural surroundings.
▼楼梯铜色不锈钢立面和暖木色阶梯的结合恰到好处，the staircase is made of a copper-colored stainless steel facade and a warm wood-colored ladder is just right to warm up the space
A luxury and impetuous atmosphere does not generate a true sense of possession. Therefore, the private rooms on the second floor abandons a large number of decorations in the traditional winery space commonly seen in the Chinese social ritual. Instead, the designer create the space more like a home to make people feel comfortable.
▼二层包厢区以“家”的感觉来营造， the private rooms on the second floor is more like a home
The overall space on the second floor is relatively more private, and introduce the natural light into the space create a more intimate and warm atmosphere. In order to guarantee the privacy, the designer maximizes the opening of the windows on the two sides of the sloping roof. When sunlight is poured into the room, the greenery outside of the window was fully collected. There are balconies on both sides of the restaurant that placed some chairs for people to talk or meditation. In the Chinese cultural philosophy, this notion of abandonment becomes a high realm of “possession”.
▼二层整体空间相对更为私密，the overall space on the second floor is relatively more private
Upon the respect of the building’s original condition and surrounding context, the design introduces the customer into a new space through playing with contemporary design methods, exquisite materials and the spatial effect of the illusion. With its resistance to luxuriance and desires, the design tries to provides its guests with a completely new sensory experience.
Project name: 2100 Club
Location: Hangzhou, China
Size: 400 sqm
Interior design: LYCS Architecture
Project Team: RUAN Hao, HE Yulou, JI Han, FAN Xiaoxiao, PENG Shijie
Participants: Chen Zhilin, NI Mohan, ZHANG Yicheng
Project Period: Design+Construction 2017-2018, Completion 2018
Images: WU Qingshan