THE DOUBLE CLUB

Brainchild of German Artist Carsten Höller the DOUBLE CLUB was located in an old Victorian warehouse in East London and as a temporary Fondazione Project open from November 2008 until July 2009.

The Double Club consisted three spaces: Bar, Restaurant and Dance Club. Each space was divided into equally sized Western and Congolese parts on a decorative and functional level, generating an inspiring perspective on double identity as well as on cultural coexistence.

At the invitation of Carsten Höller, Clemens Weisshaar & Reed Kram designed key elements of the Western sections and lent the artist technical expertise in the production of other pieces throughout the Double Club.

ArtistCarsten Höller
ClientFondazione Prada
Design WestClemens Weisshaar, Reed Kram, Carsten Höller
Design CongoBellou Luvuadio Bengo, Carsten Höller
Project directorJan Kennedy
Operating partner food, beverage & musicMourad Mazouz
Music WestRichard Mortimer, Steve Mackey
Music CongoRéginal Kudiwu, Popol Mukelenge, Stern Music
Main chefDavid Simons
Lightning consultantArnold Chan

The Double Club was a not-for-profit organisation. 50 % of its profit was donated to the City of Joy charity that generates specialised projects to help abused women and children in the Congo.

THE DOUBLE CLUB

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Attilio Maranzano, Courtesy of Fondazione Prada, Milan

Brainchild of German Artist Carsten Höller the DOUBLE CLUB was located in an old Victorian warehouse in East London and as a temporary Fondazione Project open from November 2008 until July 2009.

The Double Club consisted three spaces: Bar, Restaurant and Dance Club. Each space was divided into equally sized Western and Congolese parts on a decorative and functional level, generating an inspiring perspective on double identity as well as on cultural coexistence.

At the invitation of Carsten Höller, Clemens Weisshaar & Reed Kram designed key elements of the Western sections and lent the artist technical expertise in the production of other pieces throughout the Double Club.

ArtistCarsten Höller
ClientFondazione Prada
Design WestClemens Weisshaar, Reed Kram, Carsten Höller
Design CongoBellou Luvuadio Bengo, Carsten Höller
Project directorJan Kennedy
Operating partner food, beverage & musicMourad Mazouz
Music WestRichard Mortimer, Steve Mackey
Music CongoRéginal Kudiwu, Popol Mukelenge, Stern Music
Main chefDavid Simons
Lightning consultantArnold Chan

The Double Club was a not-for-profit organisation. 50 % of its profit was donated to the City of Joy charity that generates specialised projects to help abused women and children in the Congo.

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The Double Club Discotheque
Attilio Maranzano, Courtesy of Fondazione Prada, Milan

The DJ at the Double Club Disco played on a circular rotating dance floor which slowly revolved at about one turn per hour. When the DJ was in the Western part of the room, 'Western' music was played, while in the Congolese part it switched into Congolese music.

The Double Club Bar
Attilio Maranzano, Courtesy of Fondazione Prada, Milan

The Courtyard was at the heart of the Double Club experience. The space was divided into four slices: two western and two Congolese, and was covered with a glass roof lending it a special outdoor feeling. A Double fronted centrepiece bar designed by Weisshaar, Kram and Höller occupied the central space.

The Double Club Restaurant
Attilio Maranzano, Courtesy of Fondazione Prada, Milan

The Double Club restaurant served two menus in parallel: authentic, family-style Congolese dishes; and a western offering that focused on simple European bistro classics. Congolese and Western food was served on Congolese tables or on Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar's acclaimed Breeding Tables, each of which is unique.