A venue with sliding walls was set to be built as a new venue for London nightclub Ministry Of Sound, according to the architecture firm OMA who were enlisted for the work, but plans were unexpectedly scrapped.
OMA claim it won a competition in 2015 to create the design for the world famous nightclub and it has now shared previously unseen images of the proposed plans, including images which show a mechanically sliding wall at the building’s entrance in Elephant & Castle, South London.
The firm’s other images depict the venue with seven floors including a VIP roof terrace and a basement VIP area.
Based on the firm’s research studio, one proposed concept for the venue would be that it changes its shape from day to night thanks to its mechanical walls that life up and down. It would also offer work and office space during the daytime and a vinyl and coffee shop area.
In a post on his Facebook page OMA partner Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli said: "Apparently we won the competition (we were told so) but then mysteriously and surprisingly the project was cancelled.”
Ministry Of Sound chairman Lohan Presencer elaborated on the matter: "We commissioned the designs and worked closely with OMA on this concept...Unfortunately the Peabody scheme was delayed for reasons beyond our control. We will be announcing our long-term development plans for the club in the near future."
Ministry of Sound was first established in 1991 in a converted office building. As "the first regulated place for partygoers to dance throughout the night", it offered an alternative to the illegal rave scene.
The club went on to become a global brand, but over the years it has had numerous clashes with the local council over the redevelopment of its surrounding area.