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MVRDV raises curtain on South Korean nightclub

MVRDV raises curtain on South ...
The Imprint's facades are raised at certain areas, in a way MVRDV likens to raised curtains
The Imprint's facades are raised at certain areas, in a way MVRDV likens to raised curtains
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The Imprint's facades incorporate stylistic elements of the surrounding buildings
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The Imprint's facades incorporate stylistic elements of the surrounding buildings
The Imprint's facades are lifted at certain points in a way likened to a raised curtain by MVRDV
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The Imprint's facades are lifted at certain points in a way likened to a raised curtain by MVRDV
The Imprint's facades are raised at certain areas, in a way MVRDV likens to raised curtains
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The Imprint's facades are raised at certain areas, in a way MVRDV likens to raised curtains
The Imprint's facades look almost like something Alex Chinneck might dream up
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The Imprint's facades look almost like something Alex Chinneck might dream up
Visitors enter into the Imprint's nightclub into a psychedelic corridor that has screens installed in the floor and a mirrored ceiling and walls
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Visitors enter into the Imprint's nightclub into a psychedelic corridor that has screens installed in the floor and a mirrored ceiling and walls
Visitors enter into the Imprint's nightclub into a psychedelic corridor that has screens installed in the floor and a mirrored ceiling and walls
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Visitors enter into the Imprint's nightclub into a psychedelic corridor that has screens installed in the floor and a mirrored ceiling and walls
The Imprint's facades were made using molds created from 3D modeling files
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The Imprint's facades were made using molds created from 3D modeling files
The entrance to the Imprint's nightclub, and most of that side of the building, is painted gold
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The entrance to the Imprint's nightclub, and most of that side of the building, is painted gold
The Imprint is another unusual work from MVRDV, a firm that thrives on producing out-of-the-box designs 
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The Imprint is another unusual work from MVRDV, a firm that thrives on producing out-of-the-box designs 
The Imprint's facades are made from 3,869 glass fiber reinforced concrete panels
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The Imprint's facades are made from 3,869 glass fiber reinforced concrete panels
The entrance to the Imprint's nightclub, and most of that side of the building, is painted gold
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The entrance to the Imprint's nightclub, and most of that side of the building, is painted gold
The Imprint has a combined total floorspace of 9,800 sq m (105,486 sq ft)
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The Imprint has a combined total floorspace of 9,800 sq m (105,486 sq ft)
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MVRDV was commissioned to design two buildings in South Korea that contain a nightclub and other facilities, and require no windows. The firm took the opportunity to do something different and created an eye-catching project defined by its unusual facades.

The Imprint is located near Incheon Airport, within a hotel resort, and is surrounded by other buildings. One key concern was that the project should fit in with the architecture already there.

"Given the proposed program of the two buildings – a nightclub and indoor theme park – the client required a design with no windows, yet one that still integrated with the other buildings in the complex," explains MVRDV. "The design of The Imprint therefore arises from a simple question: can we design an expressive facade that connects with its surroundings even though it has no windows?"

The Imprint has a combined total floorspace of 9,800 sq m (105,486 sq ft)
The Imprint has a combined total floorspace of 9,800 sq m (105,486 sq ft)

In response, elements of the surrounding buildings' facades are "imprinted" onto the Imprint's facade in patterns that depict brickwork, windows, and the like. Additionally, MVRDV raised the buildings' facades at certain areas, in a way the firm likens to raised curtains, offering glimpses of the revelry inside to passersby.

The facades consist of 3,869 glass fiber reinforced concrete panels. MVRDV had these created using molds and they are painted white, except for a big splash of gold near the nightclub entrance intended to entice would-be visitors.

Visitors enter into the Imprint's nightclub into a psychedelic corridor that has screens installed in the floor and a mirrored ceiling and walls
Visitors enter into the Imprint's nightclub into a psychedelic corridor that has screens installed in the floor and a mirrored ceiling and walls

The project has a combined total floorspace of 9,800 sq m (105,486 sq ft), and is divided into the Wonderbox, which includes some kind of indoor theme park according to MVRDV, as well as the Nightclub, which features a psychedelic-looking space with multimedia screens installed in the floor and a mirrored ceiling and walls. Elsewhere, there's a sky garden and other facilities.

Source: MVRDV

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