World’s first underwater nightclub redesigned by Poole Associates as “creative playground”

by Jason Holland | 03 Jun 2015

It can only be reached by taking a speedboat over a coral reef and descending a dramatic three-tier staircase, and was originally opened in 2012 as the world's first underwater nightclub. Now Poole Associates has redesigned Subsix, the underwater venue located at the Per Aquum Niyama resort in the Maldives, to become a multi-functional creative space which can be “transformed into whatever guests imagine it to be”.

Subsix is 6m (20ft) below the waterline and 500m (1,640ft) offshore. The Singapore-based architect and interior designer drew inspiration from the aquatic surroundings for the redesign, which allows guests to take part in a range of events.

These events include subaquatic lunches, gourmet dinners, weddings, hosted events and wine tastings, while parties and DJ nights maintain the venue’s club roots. Marine biologist-led expeditions are also offered.

A clam-inspired bar takes centre stage in the middle of the room, with its fibreglass shell illuminated by mood lighting that shifts throughout the day. Additionally, thousands of strands of capiz shells drape from the ceiling and mimic an undersea kelp forest, while coral-like chandeliers provide lighting. Silver-panelled columns throughout the venue are inspired by the ribbed gills of manta rays, according to Poole Associates.

Floor-to-ceiling glass windows line Subsix, allowing views of the marine life and the more than 90 coral reef species outside.

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It can only be reached by taking a speedboat over a coral reef and descending a dramatic three-tier staircase, and was originally opened in 2012 as the world's first underwater nightclub. Now Poole Associates has redesigned Subsix, the underwater venue located at the Per Aquum Niyama resort in the Maldives, to become a multi-functional creative space which can be “transformed into whatever guests imagine it to be”. Subsix is 6m
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