Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on May 29, 2008
Who would have guessed I’d find myself back in the London club scene. Ah, I remember the ritual like it was yesterday. Leaving our cozy Soho apartment in the dead of winter, dressed in a thousand layers. Arriving at the club by midnight, disrobing (the outer layers), dancing til dawn, eventually re-robing and heading home as the piss weak sun struggled to radiate any warmth whatsoever. Thank god those days are over for me, but I’m more than happy to pass the lollypop to the next generation of clubbers.
While the Barcode Nightclub in Vauxhall in South London emits an 80s vibe, the technology driving it is very now. Built in a disused Victorian railway arch, the 600 square meter club is divided into relaxed neighborhood bar and dance club. The vibrant venue is the brainchild Australian architecture and design firm, Woods Bagot. As the entire club is kitted out with cool LED lights, giving it futuristic yet retro feel, air conditioning costs are brought down to a bare minimum. What’s more according to the architect, “the state of the art sound system, complemented with an all LED lighting scheme, (are) so efficient that the entire system can be operated on the same energy as boiling a kettle of water”.
Boiling a kettle hey? Okay now I’m starting to feel guilty. As an avid tea drinker does that mean I am powering the equivalent of a dozen technologically advanced London clubs everyday? That’s both terrifying and kind of cool. At least I still have my finger on the pulse, or the kettle switch — depending on how you look at it.