area: 3200 m2 / 35,000 ft2
The Tiger Club was an interior adaptation of an existing commercial building with no views or other redeeming qualities. Consequently the proposal departed from the immediate context to consider instead precedents from classic club and interior design as well as local Chinese influences.
Three concepts emerged from these precedents: one was a departure from conventional modernist practice of open space planning in favor of a series of finite, self-contained rooms of varying sizes and proportions. The second concept was an emphasis on the use of patterns derived from interior textiles, which would serve to give each space a coherent identity and in some cases could be expanded to a three-dimensional form. The apotheosis of this was the central stair — derived from a classic Paisley pattern — which was conceived as a social mixing space that would serve as the connective tissue for the functions within. Finally, to adapt these spaces to their functions, prototypical furniture objects such as beds and sofas would be transformed through changes in scale, configuration and material so that the original icon could serve a new purpose.
Adam Sokol; Li Ling, Gregory Serweta; Jia Ma