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Dark themes and graffiti for Hyderabad lounge and bar

Photography: Ricken Desai

Hyderabad-based Urban Zen has designed Flashblack, a multi-level lounge and bar spread over 15,000 sq. ft. The design is set against a grey theme and graffiti, as the simple brief wanted a space that related to a diverse audience. The pinewood façade introduces the visitor to the interiors, and the project distributes its space from the second floor to the terrace.

Upon entering the second floor, the diner is welcomed by a double-height space. The artistic bar zones are segregated from the lounge areas by the epoxy floor finish. The bar has a backlit display, a human graffiti sketched on the wall, wood and ambient lighting for an offbeat ambience. Mild steel frames and black tandur flooring are used for the double-height pockets to add modernity. The other half of the floor is divided into lounges with dim yellow lights, grey tiled flooring and pinewood frames and décor.

One finds a colourful mosaic pattern across the walls of the mezzanine and terraces, which breaks the monotony of the dark theme. Wooden massing and green wall installations further impart vitality to the connecting corridors. The mezzanine floor resembles the second floor in its décor, with a bar in epoxy flooring and mild steel structuring, and a decorative pendant pattern on the ceiling. The space has one indoor and two outdoor seating areas, which have deck wood flooring and vintage lighting. With illuminated neon wall art, the outdoor seating areas are surrounded by mild steel frames with 300 lightbulbs suspended over the diners.

The terrace has two semi-open seating options and a private lounge. The ceiling features three-dimensional art in blue and yellow illuminated with cone lighting.