Kate Andrews

KUBIK LIGHTS UP BARCELONA

by , 08/10/07

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Where do architecture, sustainability, light and music converge? At Kubik, a very hip, greenly-designed nightclub currently located in Barcelona. Kubik is a temporary open-air installation linking architecture, light and music with a contemporary air of reclaimed material usage. A radically different nightclub, the space is open to the sky and besides the sea, the structure built from hundreds of reclaimed, stacked, and illuminated industrial tanks.


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Founded and first installed in Berlin, Kubik now settles for the limited time of four months from June 13th until September 29th at the Fòrum Barcelona. Two-hundred seventy-five illuminated industrial tanks are piled one on top of each other, building a spectacular designed object of walls and columns. Inside Kubik, visitors experience illuminated cubes, whose light geometry constantly changes to the rhythm of music.

Kubik was launched for the first time in Berlin last summer, revitalizing an unused site of the city. In Barcelona, Kubik aims at enlivening a location for four months that the city still needs to fully embrace. This extraordinary concept of temporary architecture as a home for cultural activities was developed by Balestra Berlin in cooperation with Modulorbeat and LightLife. 



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  1. The Kubik is a Pre-Fabu... September 10, 2010 at 9:49 am

    [...] for a location and dumped, as it is cheaper to start all over again than truck the materials to a new venue.  But back in 2006 some enterprising folks set up some commercial tanks and lights and a green [...]

  2. Oliver Bayliss September 30, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    I too live in Barcelona and I have been to Kubik regularly. I think it is absolutely fantastic and has finally given the Forum area of the city a bit more of a purpose. The music is loud but the nightclub itself it is located far from residential buildings and therefore doesn’t cause any problems in terms of noise pollution.

    Can’t wait for next summer! Maybe different colours next time?

  3. at August 16, 2007 at 3:42 am

    [...] Inhabitat reports on this "very hip, greenly-designed nightclub" currently located in Barcelona where architecture, sustainability, light and music converge.  "Kubik is a temporary open-air installation linking architecture, light and music with a contemporary air of reclaimed material usage. A radically different nightclub, the space is open to the sky and besides the sea, the structure built from hundreds of reclaimed, stacked, and illuminated industrial tanks". [...]

  4. Kubik Barcelona »... August 15, 2007 at 2:13 pm

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  5. Shiloh August 13, 2007 at 5:41 am

    I live within walking distance of the area where Kubik is and having been there myself I can tell you that it´s a positive step. Instead of permanantly marring the oceanfront with some of the barbarities that are constructed here in Barcelona in the name of the tourist trade they have created something in the tradition of the “xiringuito” (a prefab summer bar) but with a little style and a twist. On this subject I tend to agree and disagree with Cas…ever since the costruction of that godawful monstrosity “Torre Agbar” (architect Jean Nouvell) was constructed, there has been somewhat of an obsession with lit installations here in Barcelona. Last I heard there were 5 submittals by buildings hoping to create color schemed facades which has the city in a bind because of light contamination and probable complaints by neighbors. However, the area where Kubik is located (Forùm/Diagonal Mar) is an area that was created for these types of things and does include some interesting yet esthetically horrid elements.

  6. Kate Andrews Kate August 12, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    People will always “club” and therefore Kubik is definately a positively green step forward.

  7. Marive August 12, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Bravo for Barcelona!
    Love the idea of an outdoor night club in the summer combined with green design edge.

  8. Myles August 11, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    Seriously, night clubs use energy and make noise, I am glad that people can dance and have fun in an open air reclaimed structure. This is a case where people can include green living and choose green technology over conventional without giving up what they love. I’m all for it. Why should the beaches be just for those who want to walk and not to those who want to dance.

  9. Cas August 11, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    Reclaimed materials is fine, but since it is in the open air it will produce some light and more impotantly an awfull lot of noise for the people living nearby or those who would want to enjoy a normal Barcelona-night-beach-walk.
    The general issue here: nice to use eco-friendly materials but maybe not if used for ‘bad’ things.
    (Like using hydrogen is nice if used for riding your car, less nice if used to make bombs.)

  10. mpdesign August 11, 2007 at 12:40 am

    I’m an architect Deisgn Consultant in los angeles working on residencial design and I feel ashamed that I’m not up to date with green building. I love that there’s this site and I’m looking forward to educating myself and clients. I love the Tshirt with the tree upside down and I’m a small ;0) thanks !

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