Zouk SIngapore Gets A New Life

Ever since the early 90’s when Zouk Singapore first opened its doors, the club has upheld the beach dance club cultures of Ibiza and urban underground rave clubs, enabling the lifestyles of house music lovers till date. As the curtain calls on Zouk’s 25 years reign at Jiak Kim Street in 2016, there is rejoice in the air that the good times will continue to roll within their new premises at Clarke Quay.

Most of Zouk’s successes over a quarter of a century can be put down to the forward-thinking direction headed by its founder Lincoln Cheng, but one should not disregard the transformative ambience set out by the successive revamps over the years. In the newest embodiment of the Zouk Singapore brand, design and architecture house Independent Consultants, headed by Phillips Connor, overhauled the design for Zouk’s new look.

The freshest vibes

If one were to look at Connor’s portfolio, his previous design for Zouk’s Velvet Underground stands out – with the club having won the ‘Commercial Interiors’ and ‘Supreme’ award at the Surface Design Awards 2013; his affinity and knowledge of the brand makes him the perfect man for the job.

For the aesthetic of Zouk Singaopore to sit well with its discerning clientele, a bold new concept steeped within global influence was crafted while staying true to the underground roots of club culture. Housed within godown architecture, the design team worked towards reproducing the essence of Zouk with concrete, rusty steel, raw brick, rebar and galvanised expanded metal. The gritty finishing and materials contrast the slick techno lighting effects and have all been chosen to reference Zouk’s heritage.

At the center of the main party area, a multifaceted interactive light structure, known as the Mothership, is suspended within the 10-meter void space over the dance floor alongside LED panels, engaging fans on the dance floor in a sensory-filled performance with moving elements and highly synchronised lighting. Larger groups who wish for some privacy can have their fun from bookable seating areas within a tiered platform area or from cosy areas along the perimeter of the second floor.

A bright Phuture

Catered to the young, spunky and hip demographic, Phuture offers an intimate experience and dance-centric space for 600 hip-hop, urban and R&B-loving party people.

From the entrance to Zouk Singapore, full height wall murals commissioned by contemporary urban graffiti artist, Jahan Loh, light up the tunnel entrance to the club, reflecting the youthful confidence of the club and its partygoers. On the inside, a long curved wall continues the visual narrative by Jahan and ends at the pictorial panels lining the exit tunnel, complimenting the ethos of Phuture and completes an entertaining night out.

The futuristic approach of its music is echoed in the décor, with most of the table and seating at standing height alongside the circular dance floor. The playful vibe is further reinforced in two feature LED-backed bars that fuel the night with fancy cocktails four nights a week. On special events and when international headliners come to play, a collapsible partition connects both party dens together to devise a space truly befitting of their “mega club” title.


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