By V. Sivaji
The bustling city of Beijing welcomes yet another new high-end bar, UNION by The Opposite House.
The bar is a beautiful new space that embodies the spirit of the 1920s modernism and exudes elegance and comfort, the free spirit of an artist’s studio infused with hospitality that curates the guest’s experience.
It also showcases artwork and objects in an environment reminiscent of International Expos and drinks inspired by the ancient Silk Road, the space responds to the versatility of guest’s needs through time.
UNION was strategically designed to have a clear social flow; copper architectural frames and metal mesh sheets showcase artwork, sculptures and objects, drawing in and engaging guests, whilst hidden elements such as the bar trolley, spicery wall and DJ booths enable a seamless transition from day until the night.
Designed by AvroKO’s Bangkok studio, the interiors were inspired by potter, Lucie Rie’s, 20th-century modernist studio – a beautiful, yet versatile, space that was suited to living, working and socialising.
With the simple elegance of well-executed hospitality in mind, they created a space that enables exceptional levels of service and functionality, without compromising the guest experience.
UNION aims to create a sense of belonging and discovery, evoking the sense of witnessing something for the first time.
A balance of ceremony and warmth create a personal, authentic experience, whilst a carefully curated soundtrack allows the bar to seamlessly transition through the day to night with the perfect eclectic mix of tempo, BPM, energy levels and genres.
UNION offers a refined experience that celebrates the flavours, ingredients, customs and drinking traditions of the Silk Road.
A sophisticated drinks menu consists of an extensive wine list made up of 60 bins that are all available by the glass as well as selection of signature cocktails and alcohol-free drinks.
The wine list changes monthly and whilst it features some well-known wineries the list is carefully curated to provide representation for lesser-known producers, hard to find bottles and biodynamic wines.
As for the signature cocktail list, it encapsulates a diverse range of flavours inspired by international tastes; non-alcoholic creations include Spring breeze (a representation of Eastern Chinese flavours) which has pear, vanilla, coconut, citric acid and sea salt , whilst the traditional cocktail menu includes highlights such as Genghis Khan Martini(Mongolian representation) with French Gin, Mongolia Milk Wine, Dry Vermouth, Elderflower, Coconut and Sea Salt.
The Opposite House, located in the Sanlitun district is an intriguing urban hotel designed by eminent Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma. Its contemporary style and abundance of space perfectly complement the refreshingly individual service. More new spaces will be unveiled throughout the remainder of 2019.
The Opposite House by Swire Hotels is one of four Houses in The House Collective.
The Opposite House was designed by Kengo Kuma, one of Japan’s most celebrated art and design geniuses.
The House’s 99 guest studios include nine spacious suites and a penthouse duplex with a 240-sq m roof terrace, all pet-friendly with special treats and amenities available for guests’ furry companions.
More than half of all the studios are over 70 sqm and all are strikingly simple with natural wooden floors and subtle touches of Chinese décor.