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Niyama Maldives [Phase II] 2015

Architecture + Interiors + Animation :

Poole Associates Private Limited





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Shortlisted : Subsix

Asia Hotel Design Awards 2016 Shortlist Announced Jan 11, 2016 7:58 am70 Email Pinterest Twitter Facebook The finalists of the 2016 Asia Hotel Design Awards have been announced, revealing an exciting diversity of talent across all hotel sectors. Launched by Sleeper Magazine, organiser of the European Hotel Design Awards, the Asia Hotel Design Awards ceremony will take place on March 10, 2016, when over 300 leading industry figures will gather at The South Beach to celebrate the best of hotel architecture and design in the Asia Pacific region. "The shortlist for this year's Asia Hotel Design Awards is a reflection of the continuing dynamism and creativity of the region's hospitality design sector, and the growing stature of this awards scheme," commented Matt Turner, Editor-in-Chief, Sleeper Magazine. "Asia Pacific continues to be the world's fastest growing region for new hotel development, and we are particularly excited at the prospect of welcoming the architects, designers and developers of the shortlisted projects to The South Beach in Singapore for the awards ceremony."

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Subsix restyled world's first underwater nightclub re-emerges as a sub-aquatic playground

12.10.15 | BBC Travel

Bangkok, 14 May 2015: Feel the tingle of Dom on the tongue, six metres below the waterline. Exchange vows in nature’s own cathedral submerged in the Indian Ocean. Gaze at the thrill of the evening hunt as reef sharks gather to feast on small prey amidst the coral-clad architecture, while you dine alongside them on contemporary cuisine.

Following the rave reviews of its world-first underwater nightclub, Subsix, PER AQUUM has evolved the pioneering venue into an underwater playground, a creative space which can be transformed into whatever guests imagine it to be – from private Champagne breakfasts to lunchtime celebrations to midnight proposals. Located at PER AQUUM Niyama in the Maldives, Subsix first opened in 2012. The recent redesign by Poole Associates draws inspiration from the aquatic surroundings and sets a very surreal stage for guests to dive beneath the surface and explore their desires.


Guests reach Subsix via speedboat, skipping over the reef to its 500-metre offshore location. Upon arrival, the underwater revellers descend a dramatic three-tier staircase. Overhead, Italian-designed abstract chandeliers illuminate the descent like shining coral or white stars sparkling through the sea’s surface. Brancusi cabinetry and mirrors line the path.

In the depths of Subsix, the soft anemone fingers of bespoke chairs invite with their deliciously bizarre textured design. Above, thousands of strands of capiz shells drape from the entire expanse of the ceiling in a luxe ode to an undersea kelp forest. Piercing the shells’ undulating waves, a garden of coral-like chandeliers spike their gleaming branches over wedding brunches and late-night celebrations. Silver-panelled columns throughout the venue draw their inspiration from the ribbed gills of manta rays.


In the centre of the room, a huge clam-inspired bar strikes an imposing form, its fibreglass shell glowing with Subsix’s mood lighting that shifts throughout the day from pure white mornings to a lavender dinner setting to late-night blues.

In addition to the seating in the clam’s swooping curves, tables and chairs dot the space, with the most coveted seats by the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Over 90 coral reef species ply the waters, the dense marine life being attracted by the specially designed reef structures that integrate into the natural reef and enrich the habitat with surfaces for coral and hiding spots for the more reclusive denizens.


Parrotfish swim past shoals of Moorish Idols. Moray eels slide through the lagoon. Groupers make goliath appearances amidst the rainbow of butterflyfish and damselfish, while the resident Hawksbill turtle makes occasional visits at the cleaning station for a nibbled spa treatment by the small cleaning fish.

Among the many activities hosted by Subsix, marine biologist-led immersions into aquatic life give guests an expert’s insight into the rich environment and its secrets. Other highlighted activities in the restyled venue include subaquatic lunches, gourmet dinners, weddings, hosted events, wine tastings, a weekly Glow Party and DJ nights carrying on the tradition of its birth as a pioneer-of-the-deep club.


In the words of PER AQUUM Niyama’s General Manager Dietmar Koegerl, “Subsix is the closest you can get to the reef without a mask or a wetsuit. Guests fell so in love with the setting from the start that we knew we had hit on something special and had to take it to the next level.”

The new avatar of Subsix is now open. The last finishing touches are being completed as of May 2015 with new activities to be innovated over time and in response to valued opinions of PER AQUUM’s jet set guests.

odn.HairyBertoia | urchin

A cheeky take on the Harry Bertoia Wire Series seating made in 1952, this version has Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer [EPDM] extruded sponge cord applied in hand-fixed knots to the stainless steel frame. Black leather seat pads maintain the chair as a usable piece of art. Located six meters underwater at Subsix Niyama Maldives, this unexpected whimsy will surely put a smile on your face.

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