Club Cinch, Cafe, Bar and Cabaret

Ningbo, Yinzhou District, China

Situated in an entertainment zone with hotels, cinemas, this 3-story building combines an indoor outdoor café / bar, a stepped amphitheater for cabarets, and a nightclub on the forth story that overlooks the city beyond and acts as a beacon to energize the district. In order to fit a dense program on a tight site, a simple urban block was cinched and lifted to distort the urban block, creating a cantilevered condition at the portal to a new pedestrian street that accentuates the public realm. An outdoor café is shielded from rain and sun by the cantilevered amphitheater above and the canted form lures pedestrians into the building while energetic events radiate above.