© Alberto Caiola Studio

A night out on the town can be quite a dilemma, especially in a city like Shanghai where bars, clubs and restaurants are plentiful, and new cool places open every week. One of the most eye-catching openings as of late is Nyx, an open-air watering hole perched on the rooftop of a downtown building. Designed by Alberto Caiola, an Italian architect who founded his practice here in the city, the design is inspired by classical architectural ruins and wrapped in blacklight cords, resulting in a rather stunning visual effect at night. Caiola’s main inspiration have been the so-called Colonne di San Lorenzo, a complex of Roman ruins in downtown Milan, and thirteen columns have been placed atop a U-shaped seating area, creating a majestic, court-like setting. Directly opposite, a large bar is situated, sheltered by an arched portico. All volumes are wrapped in more than 21,000 metres of blacklight cord, and when lit up, they offer a coherent aesthetic, and vie for attention with the city’s soaring skyline in the background. The Nyx menu is quite elaborate, featuring no less than 20 draft beers, various liquors and a range of matching bites that’ll easily keep a die-hard party crowd happy all night. Location: Nyx, 627 Huaihai Zhong Lu, Seventh Floor (Jing’an Si).

© Alberto Caiola Studio