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Black Rock Opens a Whisky Paradise in Shanghai designed by hcreates

hcreates worked with the Shanghai team to convert an unassuming corner site on the popular Fumin Road in downtown Shanghai.

Photography by © Brian Chua

hcreates just finished another F&B project, Black Rock, a whiskey bar in central Shanghai. The gateway is marked by a plain black façade with filtered light strips. The 70sqm space’s centerpiece is a massive tree trunk table with two Whisky aging channels excavated into the two-ton imported Erima log. Whiskey can be supplied directly from the pouring taps at the trunk’s end. The area is somber and dark, with an elevated appearance and a laid-back ambiance. Discover more after the jump.

Photography by © Brian Chua

From the architects: Black Rock is a Whisky lover’s nirvana. Originating from London, Black Rock is all about bringing flavor to the forefront and helping people discover Whisky in a new way. First launched in 2016, the concept simplified the flavor profiles into sweet, spice, fruit, fragrance, balance and smoke.

hcreates worked with the Shanghai team to convert an unassuming corner siteon the popular Fumin Road in downtown Shanghai. A simple black façade with strips of filtered light marking the doorway, Black Rock subtly welcomes you in. A project of contrasts: light and dark, smooth and rough. The space balances the classic with the current to create a uniquely accessible experience.

Photography by © Brian Chua

The centerpiece of the space is their huge, tree trunk table, with two Whisky aging channels dug into the two-ton imported Erima logfrom Papua New Guinea. The glass-covered channels are lined with American Oak on the left and French Limousin Oak on the right, each holding 21L of whiskey, which is served straight from the pouring taps at the end of the trunk. Seated around the long truck table, you can partake in a Whisky tasting, drink from the log, or order Whisky highballs and cocktails from the open bar at the opposite end of the trunk, all created from the six basic flavour profiles.

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Photography by © Brian Chua
Photography by © Brian Chua
Photography by © Brian Chua
Photography by © Brian Chua
Photography by © Graeme Kennedy
Photography by © Graeme Kennedy
Photography by © Graeme Kennedy
Photography by © Graeme Kennedy
Photography by © Graeme Kennedy

The space is moody and dark, with a soft, amber glow playing on the liquid’s colour. Brass detailing, leather finishes and custom lighting create an elevated look while still maintaining a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The floor, walls, and ceilings are pared back using a dark, texture-filled palette. Hints of oak are used subtly throughout, referencing the barrels used in the Whisky aging process. The warm contrasting glow created by the oak coloring, enables the Whisky to shine in the trophy-like display cabinets. Two intimate lounge spaces with striped marble tables, plush sofas and leather seating, a street facing terrace and a raised VIP section make up the rest of the space.

Project Name: Black Rock
Design Firm:hcreates interior design – www.hcreates.design
Lead Designer:Hannah Churchill
Design Team: Alex Davies, Yicheng Zeng
Project Location:41 Fumin Road, Jingan District, Shanghai, China
Completion Year:2022
Gross Built Area:70sqm
Photo Credits: Brian Chua, Graeme Kennedy
Client: Black Rock
Manufactures: Kian, Vintage Timber Craft

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