GRNDCNTRL 上海新天地｜GRNDCNTRL, Xintiandi, Shanghai
A city is a machine that makes loneliness,
Put on a mask, we are all ordinary citizens.
Entertainment is a mass art, and we are able to restore our whole human nature outside of work and profession. However, the nihilism of “pan-entertainment” has eliminated value, kidnapped pluralism, and reduced it to a “foolish” effect.
Art does not test known reality, but seeks ideal truth. The avant-garde experiment and immersive design atmosphere, as soon as you enter the entrance of the passage, you have knocked on the door of imagination, as if you have escaped into the surrealistic light and shadow secret realm.
With the metaphorical concept of “theatre”, the attraction of participants is directed towards the central area in the dark, and it is almost mandatory. The visual focus is always on a raised platform, which is more conspicuous and audible, and there is a layered seating device below to enhance the vertical layering of the entire space.
The only lit area of warm light in the dark, creating a fantasy of realistic possibility in the theater of the soul, as if it were an eternal haven for theater. Everything that happens here, for better or worse, will be taken up and wrapped in it, constantly reforging it.
There is an actor’s desire stationed in the subconscious of modern people. Every corner of GRNDCNTRL is full of the possibility of seeing and being seen. People will not consciously abandon casual dress up and choose to “dress up to attend”. The cost of obtaining happiness should not be cheap.
The combination of materials such as stone, mirror, baking paint, stainless steel, and leather form a clear visual communication, but there are nearly a hundred different levels of “black” in the main color. The simple and abstract organic curves also break the horizontal and vertical composition and redefine the classic aesthetics.
The combination of simple design and new materials creates a carnival feast with deranged perspective. The addition of the concept of “theatre” makes the visual game more complicated. The restroom, with retro aesthetics that goes against the market trend, is precipitated as a theater “backstage” that provides physical and mental buffers and supplies.
The use of different detailed elements seems to be constantly changing as the theater’s repertoire, and time and space also travel with it. In the darkness, time seemed to stand still, and it seemed to advance and retreat.
The lighting installations of different light colors seem to carry different emotions, and the meaning of space changes with the changes of colors, and everyone can find their own spiritual release in it.
Just like the ancient theater as a carrier of culture, it can accommodate spirit and emotions and even shape people’s character. GRNDCNTRL cuts into the space from the context of the times and the city to recreate a dramatic “improv scene” that envisions a certain kind of thriller necessary for modern nerves through black jewel-like eyes.