Tuesday, 25 February 2020 15:08

GE Space Design adds new bar to the mix

    In Chengdu, a capital city in southwestern China known for its laid-back lifestyle, sits Creddie Workshop – a cocktail R&D workshop and bar.

    For Creddie Workshop, the client’s preference and rich experience as a bartender convinced the designer to create an innovative scheme in which the bar is converted from a daytime creative cocktail workshop into a night-time cosy and styled bar.

    Creddie Workshop, which aims to test and develop numerous possibilities of making cocktails with different ingredients, is located within the front of house area. Inside, an open bar area with sliding windows breaks barriers for any passersby. Meanwhile, warm yellow lights and comfortable seating encourage people to walk inside, explore the mystery of cocktail making and become tasting volunteers of new drink recipes.

    Creddie Workshop also provides consultancies, drink menu development and personnel training for other bars and staff in the city. The ‘Tasting Room’ is hidden behind the workshop, which is accessible through a back passage and a cabin door. Simple designs with raw materials of bamboo, stones and a wooden floor emphasises the spirit of cocktail making with quality organic ingredients – this enriches customers’ inherent experiences and improves tasting satisfaction. In this workshop and bar, every glass of drink has its own ‘ID card’ that marks the recipe and research and development notes from the bartender.

    The warm light setting and solid wood textures are well-matched in harmony. Bamboo weaving, a local art format in Chengdu, is delicately set with the chairs’ backrests, wall decoration and lightbox. More surprisingly, bamboo weavings scatter light on the floor and walls, which builds up a magic lighting atmosphere within the space.

    A transition of space between the public bar area and intimate space is achieved through a curved wall. Elaborate seating areas allow guests to drink and chat with enough space between each table and chair. Unfixed tables and chairs facilitate the extending of open space for social events.

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