Creating The Perfect Nightclub

One of the most competitive and open-minded industries in the entertainment world is the designing of nightclubs. Creating the perfect nightclub is a passion of mine. Nightclubs and similar entertainment venues, for the majority, create a sense of identity through the renovation of existing buildings and focus more on the aspect of interior design. The definition of a nightclub can vary from person to person but in overall aspect, a nightclub is a venue providing space for music, dancing, beverage consumption and social interactions.

It is a social gathering, an experiential and memorable place, and a place of escape and excitement. Most nightclubs are very seldom thought of through architectural expression, the progression of space, and flexibility. I feel that clubs should be an experience from not only inside the walls of a building but forming a palette of experiences before entering the main space.

In order to start designing a club, the architect should know that those places are to be flexible and kinetic. Club LED RGB lighting, club effects, visual stimuli are the most important weapons a designer can use to accomplish a project like this. Club lighting is an art mixed with the science of technology. It’s an expression of the designer and what they feel is appropriate for the area.

Artistic expression of a creative mind is the embodiment of a light show. This is the future of club lighting, being able to recreate that vision with lighting. Being able to visualize something in your mind and then being able to create that vision with lighting. To be able to have complete control over the environment is an awesome power.

Knowing exactly what effect you want to create at the touch of the button, to be able to execute your vision in an instant, these are the things that make the lighting great. Nightclubs are not usually programmed in a cue-to-cue format; they are free form with a purpose. For those not familiar, it is like having as many busk pages as possible, similar to a festival setup. There are subtleties that can be taught and innate qualities that emerge when the appropriate time comes along. The operator does not know what song is going to be played next. Running lights in a club is like being on a roller coaster in the dark. Being able to anticipate the next move, the next beat, and next break, these are things a designer should have in their palette of inspirations.

It can really be a daunting task trying to stay on top of technology. Being cutting edge is a difficult line to walk. My clients typically ask me if they will have the best lighting system I’ve ever designed. My answer is almost the same, “It will be the best system I can design for the area. Something about square pegs and round holes comes to mind, you can’t make things fit where they don’t belong.

When I’m designing a project my primary purpose is to create a system that can inspire, provoke and evoke anything to make you feel something. A lot of that has to do with the individual operating system in which I custom create for each project. A very strong design concept to surround the whole lighting procedure is among my priorities.

A new trend to set in the nightclub business is the additions of VIP rooms and other limited access rooms to create a sense of luxury. I feel that VIP spots should be linked and set at higher viewing areas. This gives the spectator a choice of observation, music, and atmosphere. Being able to have choices is very important in the nightlife industry because it makes people feel more important and more aware of their surroundings. Ambiance creates the atmosphere and sets the mood in VIP rooms, making the decor scheme imperative.

Nightclubs can and should break the barrier of tradition and create flexible kinetic spaces that allow diversity of functions to take place during the nighttime hours. It is a place of continual adaption to the world around. Nightclubs can and should create new experiences and amplify the senses through audio, visual and thermal systems. By creating spaces for experiential quality, one would be able to attain the sense of drama, excitement, anticipation, energy, mystery, and suspense. A series of spaces can act as a foreground or background element and allows these areas to interact, teach, lead, follow and transform the realms of the social environment.

En Delfois Bar and Restaurant, A Marianna Holoway Design

Once I asked a question in my Blog, “What is the need of a good Architecture?”

I received many and very interesting replies but one was exactly the way I feel. John Daniel said……Architects  must have the ability to know the constructability, resources, environmental impact, social impact, material durability, understanding of how the environment effects the mixture of materials introduced and many other aspects of the building, while maintaining the expression of art or ideology that the building represents and have the leadership to coordinate this endeavor with the countless people necessary to make the project a reality.

These are the rules that drive me every time I devote myself into a new Project.

And one more ….Passion . If Frank Lloyd Wright was still alive, I believe he would

En Delfois Bar and Restaurant by Marianna Holoway

En Delfois Bar and Restaurant by Marianna Holoway

say passion too. Why mention him? Consider this, a college dropout and unlicensed (if I’m not mistaken) he went on to become one of the most prominent architects in the 20th Century. He was recognized by the AIA for his work about 2 years before his death. Having a good imagination doesn’t hurt. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” The built environment would be nothing more than mere talk without imagination (ie. “deconstructivism”- Frank Gehry’s arena). Regarding faith, one may ask what does faith has to do with architecture? The best demonstration of one’s faith (or belief) is to create something out of nothing, hence the essence of architecture .

En Delfois Bar Restaurant appeared in my desk while I was in the United States.

Such a challenge to design a place that it was already successful and famous. Such a great experience! A custom made procedure. Everything inside had to be a new concept. New materials or materials with an unusual use were in my pallet in order to give a different result.

En Delfois Bar and Restaurant by Marianna Holoway

En Delfois Bar and Restaurant by Marianna Holoway

Passionate procedure for sure. Barbara Oyster wrote on my Blog July 4, 2013. One last important thing in architecture…Go beyond the limits…Imaginative limits, recreational and perceptive limits….Don’t be a normal jerk…Be the master. Not always easy but if you work hard and made the right material research it’s simply inevitable.

 

Crystal Spire Boat Book

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For your convenience please enjoy a copy of the Crystal Spire Boat Book.

Not just sleek in design, the Crystal Spire Boat is powered by a Yamaha F300B outboard motor to go fast and faster. After many years of development for powerboat competitions, the experienced engineering team worked to conceive a catamaran hull that would blend a pleasure boat feeling with phenomenal speed, considering all aspects of hydrodynamics, aerodynamics and aesthetics.

The concept design structured by the geometry of the crystal (reference to the name of the vessel). Designed a new skin and shell, which embraces the existing vessel following the contours, but also shaping the overall volume. This new skin is composed of a semi-perforated structure that follows the geometry of the crystal.

These new sections of the vessel are illuminated with fiber optics so at night it appears as if hovering the upper part where we find two floodlit wings (wings with lights). The casing leaves open the visual field in front of the passengers and to the side. The transparent elements accordingly to the intensity of sunshine, browned (special glass surfaces) to protect from the sun the luxurious interior of the vessel. We might even say that it is sun-energy for photovoltaic solar energy that gives more power to the boat. The upper casing of the boat will receive the highest number of interventions due to the hydrodynamic characteristics of the lower portion should be kept intact. With this logic a set of ribs, convex (cushions) and concave portions Biomimetic logic spread to upper housing organizing the structure at both surface (skin), and at the level functions (cab, front deck-pads, etc). In this way an overall structure, which presents morphological interest, and includes different qualities and materials slides through a single logic sculpture.

Crystal Spire Boat Book

Crystal Boat is a new model of Spire Boat designed by Architect and Designer, Marianna Holoway, CEO of ARCON Design.

 

Introducing the Marianna Holoway Blog

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Welcome to my new Marianna Holoway blog, a work in progress but equipped to share with those who have similar creative interests or perhaps you are in need of my design and architectural services. Regardless, I would appreciate your support and helping me to improve my blog as well as share it with others. And of course there are many places for you to comment…….I adore when you interact with me and give me your opinion of my work.

Currently I have a select few of my projects already prepared on my Marianna Holoway blog. They are there to

The Meat and Wine Company

The Meat and Wine Company

share with you and I certainly hope you run your mouse over my photo album and photos pages to see some of the projects I have done in the past.

Many of you already know my obsession with architecture and design, so the reason I created this was one, my passion, I wanted to share it with others and two, a new venture for myself and my family, more about that later!! My blog will also embrace upcoming projects, as long as there is no exclusivity clauses in the project or in any way would jeopardize my client(s). There are professional ethics codes in my personal world as well as business in which I follow.

Monaco Casino

Monaco Casino

As a lady of design and architecture I look past the fact it’s a male world and allow my work to speak for its self. Those who have followed me through other forms of social media know that my work is very important to me, not just financially but from a point of self-gratification. When I’m able to look at a project and know that what was created came through hard work and my desire to deliver the best quality for my client is why I love what I do. It’s also sort of a legacy I can leave for my children.

I have a few more ideas in which I will soon add to the Marianna Holoway blog, so stay tuned for an upcoming menu item I think you will enjoy too. Being I am completely new to the blog world any feedback you can offer me to improve it, my admin team and I would greatly appreciate it. And if you would, share it with others as I have shared it with you.

Warm regards,

~Marianna Holoway~

 

 

Guess Shoe Store

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This unusual Guess shoe store in Greece skillfully exhibits one of the latest trends in shoe store design and in architecture. It creates a distinctive contrast of a white background color with bright colors of the product itself and or small pieces of furniture and design elements. Creating this color contrast provides an excellent display of the product making it a part of the overall design. The store Guess was recently completely remodeled and

rebranded. The inspiration for the design came from the movie Diamonds are Forever.

Design is a passionate process. Long before any project starts Marianna Holoway is ready to explore ways to turn unstructured creations into FUN-structured opportunities. Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When she creates a project she does it all with passion.

Guess Shoe Store

Guess Shoe Store

The word focus creates fear in many people because it means that they have to control their desires, but for Ms. Holoway the ability to focus on a project helps to create a good working solution in an appropriate amount of time using a suitable amount of resources.

The outside of the building reminds you of a shiny white jewel box. Small elements such as the door handles in a shape of large candy canes add to the overall design theme. There are almost no sharp corners on the inside. And even the images on the walls have a white background with the brightly colored products being a main focal point. The storefront window displays random patterns making it look like Christmas decoration of snowflakes that adds a festive feel to the overall ambiance. Class panels are applied to the ceiling reflecting the light fixtures and making the space to continue beyond the walls. Bisazza mosaic tile was used on the walls. The leather floor was left unfinished but polished. What a creative way to save money on finishes while still making it look great!

See more imgages of this Guess shoe store and other Marianna Holoway Designs.

Crystal Boat 2012 Tender Boat of the Year

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Not just sleek in design, the Spire Boat Crystal is powered by a Yamaha F300B outboard motor to go fast and faster. After many years of development for powerboat competitions, the experienced engineering team worked to conceive a catamaran hull that would blend a pleasure boat feeling with phenomenal speed, considering all aspects of hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, aesthetics, ergonomics, acceleration and endurance. The outcome? It feels like driving a Lotus on an empty motorway.
Crystal Boat

Crystal Boat by Marianna Holoway. Awarded 2012 Tender Boat of the Year.

The concept Design structured by the geometry of the crystal (reference to the name of the vessel). Designed a new skin – shell-which embraces the existing vessel following the contours, but also shaping the overall volume. This new skin is composed of a semi perforated structure that follows the geometry of the crystal.
These new sections of the vessel are illuminated with fiber optics so at night it appears as if hovering the upper part where we find two floodlit wings( wings with lights ).The casing leaves open the visual field in front of the passengers and to the side. The transparent elements accordingly to the intensity of sunshine, browned (special glass surfaces) to protect from the sun the luxurious interior of the vessel. We might even say that it is sun-energy for photovoltaic solar energy which gives more power to the boat.The upper casing of the boat will receive the highest number of interventions due to the hydrodynamic characteristics of the lower portion should be kept intact. With this logic a set of ribs, convex (cushions) and concave portions Biomimetic logic spread to upper housing organizing the structure at both surface (skin), and at the level functions (cab cab, front deck-pads, etc). In this way an overall structure which presents morphological interest, and includes different qualities and materials slides through a single logic sculpture.CRYSTAL… A NEW MODEL OF SPIRE BOAT DESIGNED BY MARIANNA HOLOWAY

Lengh : 31′ (9.5 mt)
Beam : 9’4″ (2.85 mt)

Construction Material : vacuum-bagged epoxy resins (high quality laminate). CE marking.
The SPIRE® powerboat has been developed and designed using the most advanced 3D CAD
softwares to take advantage of CAM tooling manufacturing process.