Roxy/Josefine Club by Fred Mafra
Roxy/Josefine – a very unique club designed by Fred Mafra in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The architectural design has been implemented and completed in the year 2011 in a 600 square meter area. It is a perfect location considering that Brazil is the home of amazingly flexible weather, beautiful football and fascinating culture.
In 2007, the site has been one of the hottest spots in Belo Horizonte which Fred Mafra has done quite an amazing job creating a redesigned version of clubbing. One might think that it is an ordinary revision but it was originally the work of Fred Mafra. The redesigning of his original work brought special freedom and liberty from inhibitions wherein he mastered the space where he worked.
As this is the case, the design is oozing with confidence since the DJ-Architect designed the space with utmost mastery. The Roxy/Josefine Club is the sixth and is one of the most successful club designs that the architect created, planned and implemented since 12 years ago upon graduation.
It is located in Savassi which is actually the busiest region in Belo Horizonte, Brazil especially in the context of nightlife. It was built with two dance floors, three bars and four VIP areas with flexible divisors which can be retracted and formed into one large VIP area. It is also equipped with two lounges and of course the smoking areas with retractable roof.
If one should have tenets in building clubs and bars, it would follow some fundamental rules including relaxing space for escapism, convenience, modern technology and flexibility. Its design also supports accessibility and mobility for people with special needs. Who says not everyone can have fun?
The bar design has followed a sculptural form which is based on a much straighter lines than before. It has eliminated the classic 90-degree angle from the interior design. The focal point of the design was based on a hexagonal shape while taking advantage of all its facets and distributing them in various sizes.
Thus, the design resulted to prismatic elements, different shapes and lapidary figures that transform different perceptions based on where you stand on the dance floor. The asymmetry of design is very catchy and excellently demonstrated in detail. The façade of the bar design takes on a dark black scheme accentuated with dark-silver glassy material.
The design gives you an impression that the area is spacious. The DJ booth sits royally at the center of the stage which is directly at the end of the dance floor that gives a full view of the club.