Award-winning design and its makers: the “Omni Nightclub Taipei”

In February, 39 experts from all over the world convened in Essen to assess thousands of objects for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 in a process spanning several days. Only designs that won over the jury with their high design quality were awarded the sought-after distinction “Red Dot”, and the best of them received the highest award “Red Dot: Best of the Best” – among them: the Omni Nightclub Taipei by The LOOP Inc., designed by Etai-Space Design Office.

The perfect show
Night clubbers are looking for something exciting. The design of the Omni Nightclub Taipei creates a mystical atmosphere through a multi-faceted lighting scenario in a sophisticated architecture. The light streams through the space in linear guidance via a perfectly integrated transitional plane. This evokes attention-grabbing images that condense into an appealing scenario of circles, triangles and rectangles. Organic curves and arcs create the impression of action and mobility.

The architecture of this club follows a distinctive symmetrical outline. The design divides the space into two sides, each offering its own realm of experience. The central area in the front establishes a large, almost empty looking room with seats for social interaction. Clear guiding lines allow club visitors to move around freely and smoothly. Curved stairs on both sides guide visitors up to the second floor, inviting them to look down from the seat areas placed on the left and right. The light alternates between light and dark, showcasing different exciting shapes as the colours change. In combination with the spatial design, the performance of the spotlights evokes an intensive sensory experience. Due to a symbiotic fusion of architectural forms with light, the club has emerged as a distinctive and highly appealing world of its own.

Red Dot: Best of the Best for Omni Nightclub Taipei
The Red Dot jury stated: „The concept of the Omni Nightclub Taipei uses lighting scenarios in a fascinating manner to create an everchanging spatial ambiance in an interplay with the architecture. The changing geometric shapes visualise energetic power and activity. They establish a theatrical space of entertainment with an atmosphere that automatically captivates the attention of the visitors. The stage-like flair of this club encourages them to share experiences of joy and enthusiasm with each other.” The jury awarded the Red Dot: Best of the Best for this outstanding design achievement. Red Dot spoke with Hsiang Hao Chang, Etai-Space Design Office and with David and Alan Hsia, The LOOP Inc.

Red Dot: Was Omni Nightclub Taipei based on a particular design approach?
Hsiang Hao Chang, David Hsia & Alan Hsia: The design divides the space into two areas using a symmetrical approach. The central section at the front is a large and empty area that provides space for seating in order to promote social interaction. The clear guiding lines allow people to move smoothly.

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Publication of the products and tribute to the winners
The award ceremony will take place on Monday, 3 July 2017. During the Red Dot Gala in Essen’s Aalto-Theater, the laureates of the top award, the Red Dot: Best of the Best will be recognised – among them Artemide, Kartell, Audi, Hansgrohe, Bora, Electrolux, LG, Canyon Bicycles, Philips, Puma, Niessing, Apple and Bose. Afterwards, the prize winners and the guests will celebrate together in the Red Dot Design Museum in the midst of the award-winning products at the Designers’ Night. From this day, all award-winning products will also be presented on Red Dot Online and in the Red Dot Design Yearbook.