The Blue Frog Acoustic Lounge by Serie Architects is an amalgamated example of art, architecture, and hospitality in one cocoon. The one brief for space was to bring out all the possible aspects of entertainment in the mill area of Mumbai. Architects Christopher Lee and Kapil Gupta brought a bar and a restaurant and bred them with the theater encircled by art and drama. The project was inaugurated in 2007, and since then it has hosted persistent and indelible escapades for all its audience.
The article defines the various aspects of the blue frog lounge which are responsible for the dynamic and dramatic affair of the space.
Theme and Concept
The Blue Frog Acoustic Lounge at Serie Architects is based on the HYBRIDIZATION principle. Kapil Gupta and Christopher Lee strategized and blended the theme of the 90s with the concept of adaptive reuse. This Space is an amalgamation of design and drama. The architects set up a cross-program of multi-programmed spaces, offering top-of-the-range recreation, experience, and entertainment.
Absorbing the theme of the 90s entertainment genre, architects Kapil Gupta and Christopher Lee have conceptualized the lounge on the features of a blue frog, The reflecting blue color of the frogs in the water pertains to the scenic beauty. Likewise, the seating arrangement in the lounge resembles lily pads with the frogs spread across a pond.
Design and fieldwork
The blue frog living room was born from a large industrial warehouse lit north in the old mill district in Mumbai. Space hosts first of all a recording studio and an acoustic lounge. The acoustical room contains several fragments. A bar, a restaurant, a theatre, and related services. The warehouse transformed into an entertainment space par excellence is a key project of Serie Architects. Architects Christopher Lee and Kapil Gupta accomplished the brief by overlapping planes to achieve dynamic dimensions.
As per the brief, the space needed to be multi-functional. To bring out the supreme character of the shape and merge it with the theme, the spaces were treated as cells in an organism. This led to an undisturbed fusion of each space leading to one unified shape design.
The cellular planning of the lounge clearly defines the focus directed towards the staging area. This stage is surrounded by circular kiosks capable of accommodating 4 to 10 people at once. The stage is also able to accommodate spectators standing in the case of the growing crowd by transforming into a 360º scene and bringing the spectators closer. The reason for the booths to be circular is to give the audience a private diner experience of the music and light shows hosted at the lounge.
Structure and Material
Architects Christopher Lee and Kapil Gupta in alliance with Munroe Acoustics from the UK selected materials based on their acoustic and ease of bending properties. The circular booths are staggered at various heights to maintain the eye level and preserve the safe distance between the stage and the audience in case of excessive audience. The frame of the undulating booths is made of double-layered block boards which minimize the use of floor space and yet remain structurally stable.
The framework is covered with mahogany leaves that give the cabins a chic finish. Since the warehouse was to be treated to house an acoustic lounge, the north light beam was renovated and acoustically equipped with layers of rock wool and foam. Simultaneously the concrete floor is finished with terraced infilling at different levels to fabricate the undulating circular booths.
The structure of the warehouse was built on load-bearing walls. This parameter supported the acoustic requirements of the lounge. Besides, the walls have been treated with plasterboard and a bumpy texture that blocks exterior noise levels and adds to the dynamic aesthetics of the space.
Serie Architects in collaboration with Abhay Wadhwa Associates have succeeded in dramatizing the entire space with extended lighting characteristics. The most eye-catching part of the space is the circular booths illuminated with changing colors, completing the light, and sound shows.
The most attractive part of the space is the circular booths illuminated with changeable colors, complementing the light and sound shows. Complementing the theme of merging the drama of the 90s and the cellular planning approach, the changing colors in the lighting of the circular booth not only allows the spectator to experience the light and sound show, but concurrently invites them to be part of the performance.