Nightclubs have evolved from flapper dance halls to 70’s roller disco clubs to the glitzy venues that stay open all night nowadays. Regardless of the form these hives of social interaction take, they have always aimed to help guests escape the daily grind and have a little fun with our fellow human beings has always been the same.
São Paulo is home the appropriately named Disco Club, which has gotten a revamp thanks to the efforts of Estúdio Guto Requena and Mauricio Arruda. Disco Club booms inside just as the economy of its hometown is on the outside; and is dripping with what the designers call “Brazility,” that elusive essence of Brazil. Straight upon entering, guests are whisked away e through an entrance tunnel designed by Brazilian artist Kleber Mateus. The wavy tunnel is mosaicked in glossy tiles that reflect recessed light to create a mesh-like optical illusion. Inside, the club has been centered on the DJ booth, putting music into the spotlight. The interior space has been cleverly demarcated using different ceiling heights. The three bars and VIP areas have low ceilings to create intimate spaces, while that of the main dance floor is exposed, with the concrete beams and air-conditioning ducts in full view. An LED lighting installation creates ambiance throughout the club, changing colors and moods to the beat of the music. The VIP areas are decked out in sumptuous chairs finished in black leather and wool. Mosaics, the quintessentially Brazilian material, have been used extensively in the bathrooms and bar reminding guest where in the world they are.
Disco Club is over-the-top with its plush materials and bright lights, and over-the-top is exactly where we want to be when we have our dancing shoes on.