Submarine transformed into a deep sea Guinness bar
Architects at Jump Studios have transformed a functional submarine into a bar capable of transporting patrons to the ocean's depths.
Tue, May 22, 2012 at 08:13 PM
James Cameron's historic dive to the floor of the Mariana Trench sounds pretty dull compared to what this submarine is capable of. Designers at Jump Studios Architecture have teamed up with Guinness to create what is likely the world's first fully functional submarine pub, according to Arch Daily.
The sub pub not only looks swanky, but it comes fully stocked with Guinness beer. The project was commissioned to commemorate the iconic brew's 250th anniversary.
Since it was built using a tourist submarine, the windows are already set up to offer spectacular views. But it might be the fish looking in that get the best view. The interior shell is decorated with rubber discs that look like bubbles, some of which were hollowed out and wired with LED lights, which create a nightclub-ish atmosphere. Several of the hollowed out discs were left empty so they could serve as can-holders for the Guinness.
One of the biggest challenges of the design was facing the universal problem of working within a submarine: everything had to be inserted through two small hatches. To get around this problem, the shell was shaped using modular components that were assembled within the sub, and which eventually formed the bars, tables and seating. Of course, the submarine also had to meet strict marine safety requirements, so Jump Studios had to incorporate things like ventilation and fire safety into the design too.
The inspiration for the concept was Guinness' slogan, "Alive Inside." To celebrate the completion of the deep-sea bar, Guinness held a competition in which the winner got to be among the sub's first passengers. That lucky winner was Evelyne Gridelet from Belgium, who was flown with two guests to the island of Högmarsö in the Stockholm Archipelago, where the booze cruise's maiden voyage was set to take place.
Since it's built from a tourist submarine, the sub probably isn't designed to dive very deep. That might be a good thing, though, considering the effect that pressure changes would likely have on patrons' carbonated beverages.
You can check out what other projects the Jump Studio architects are working on at their website here.
Check out a video of the bar below.