Danny Venlet - PUBLIC SPACES

MUSIC ROOM (2005, GPO, Melbourne, Australia)

MUSIC ROOMMUSIC ROOM. Night club. Since its restauration in late 2004, the historic and heritage-listed Melbourne General Post Office (GPO) in the Bourke St Mall has become a fashion, food and shopping mecca. Its sophisticated image was further enhanced with the opening of two major entertainment venues designed by Danny Venlet – the Lexington and The Music Room. In doing this, Venlet fully exploited the stunning historical architecture of the building - grand in scale and rich in style- to which he added some contemporary elements, creating an engulfing sensual space, and a venue that screams sophistication and elegance. In a new effort to bring down the traditional barriers between the management and its public, Venlet did not build one single bar in the huge attic that longs one side of the music room, but created a line up of five small counters, each ran by a different barman. The public has to chose between them, wich stimulates the bond between the barmen and their clients and the competition in between them, while the luminous bars were are put on a pedestal. The result is a powerful theatrical effect that is only heightened by the giant air balloon in the middle of the room. Lots of places to stand or sit and chat and when the night moves on the whole area in front of the bar transforms into one big dance floor. Further features of this loft-style club and pub that is next to the Lexington bar, are a Black and White Room, that are also painted as such, and are each situated in a tower. www.thelexington.com.au

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