Sunday, August 9, 2009
Around the World 5
This week, we are getting away from Europe and homing in on a destination that almost shares the same latitude as Western Australia, respectively.
17 Jiak Kim Street
Tel: 6738 2988
The building itself constructed of three warehouses on the Singapore River in 1919. When management tendered the place, the buildings looked like a bomb has just hit them, crumbling foundations and roofless. Zouk sought to restore the history back to its original state. Original walls were reinforced and conserved, new levels were added along with sneaky compartments throughout. All was done to give the almost century old foundations a modern facelift. Modern timber trusses bolstered the roof while maintaing the traditional architecture of warehouse of Singapore.
Zouk has been revamped many times since 1991. Zouk has always strived to provide a progressive and innovative clubbing environment. It last revamp in September 2005 saw a $7 million dollar overhaul and a closed club for about a month.
With a motto of 'one world, one music, one tribe, one dance", Zouk has all the ingredients of being the leading quality club in South East Asia. Recently being challenged by the fat cats of Ministry of Sound who tried to enter the already cut throat clubbing industry of large Asian cities. Darwinism would be the answer to why Zouk has remained the dominant force.
Not that Zouks ongoing supremacy is an act of chance or fortune. Why is it that when they revamp the structure they do not just add a new paint job, they research and add things like brand new funktion 1 sound, mosaic tiling, LED walls and soft lighting all aimed to provide a lavishly decorated Mediterranean feel.
In the past year Zouk has showcased the likes of Richie Hawtin, Michael Mayer, Sven Vath, Boys Noize, ,A trak, DJ T, Armin Van Buuren and many more. The music is one thing, however what impresses most Djs about Zouk is the sheer energy of the entirely drug-free crowds. As any drug use in Singapore results in death you can be pretty sure that nobody takes drugs for one night out. the big Djs dont play for less than three hours here. And from reports the crowd pumps the whole time.
So insiders tip, Zouk often pushs through till 9am but theres not much happening so head to The Marriot Hotel Bar.
Also if it rains, there are to for one drink at the Rooftop Loof bar, you cant lose.