Electric Pawn Shop takes birth as an f&b bar in the back of the H-Hotel, reading the traces of the restaurant that was once there. It projects to the inside the movement, light, and speed of the cars on the second of November bridge, generating a theatrical play of reflections.
The project takes its inspiration from the 70’s Chinatown of New York —replicating its dark and dystopian vibe—whilst staying true to the essence of UAE’s culture. Consequently, the metropolitan environment shaping the bar is characterized by an after-dark dining feel, retro chairs, and red neon interiors where good music and exotic cuisine could merge to create a holistic sensory experience.
The 300 sqm space is interpreted as an urban object orbiting around a central piazza, where different streets intersect. At the heart of the piazza sits a sculptural fragmented bar, formed by four bridge concrete beams, standing majestically on the floor.
Through its different treatments, the floor acts as a navigation map between one street and the other. Guided by neon signs, the visitors experience unique adventures while discovering glimpses of the events that are yet to unfold. From one end, the alleyway with its street furniture culminates at an elusive stainless reflective façade, creating a dreamy atmosphere.
Wagon seating, a couple of seating, a common dining area, and a metallic amphitheater, generate artificial topographies with particular encounters. Embraced by a state of “emptiness”, the green-enclosed valentine room projects informal events which typically happen in the leftover corners of the city. On the same street, pop-up museums with distinctive colors appear randomly to the left and right. As an illustration, the vinyl museum exposes a fine selection of vinyl and projects through the glass blocks an amalgam of different colors and feelings. The space acts as an autobiography, where each design decision takes inspiration from food, music, and cocktails, telling the story of the client, the DJ, the chef, and the architect.
Finally, rough materials such as concrete, perforated metal sheets, glass blocks, GI metal, neon lighting, brick pavement, water, and mirrors create a playful imaginative environment. Mimicking the city of Dubai, the phenomenon generated by Electric Pawn Shop, changes our perception of reality by the second, making the visitor wonder if their experience is real or a mere illusion.
Photo credits: Augustine Paredes
Design: Accent Design Group
Electric Pawn Shop
1 Sheikh Zayed Rd – Trade Centre – Trade Centre 1 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 50 586 5510