Rooftops on the radar

Drai’s Beachclub

Drai’s Beachclub has been conceptualized by nightlife impresario Victor Drai. It is part of the newly redesigned Cromwell hotel.Pictured: Drai’s Beachclub has been conceptualized by nightlife impresario Victor Drai. It is part of the newly redesigned Cromwell hotel.

The Singular Santiago

In Santiago, Chile, The Singular Santiago hotel will open later this year with a rooftop including a cocktail bar, pool and terrace. Architect Federico Prieto Schaeffer of G6 Arquitectos said the fundamental concept is linking the exterior space with the urban and geographic landscape and recreating three distinct spaces combining water and Earth.

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He identified three main challenges: Recovering the roof of the buildings in the historic quarter to create spaces to meet for interpersonal exchange within the urban life; creating spaces with a domestic scale simulating a backyard; and creating spaces flexible in their uses and in their relations to the immediate and distant surroundings.

The solution, he said, was to work with the landscape artist, the lighting design team and the rest of the designers. “As a team, we worked on these challenges with an interdisciplinary approach,” he said.  

Drai’s Beachclub Nightclub at The Cromwell

In Las Vegas, the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall will be reborn this month as The Cromwell, a new property from Caesars Entertainment. The rooftop of the boutique hotel was entrusted to nightlife impresario Victor Drai, who will open a new pool venue, beach club and nightclub across 65,000 square feet. The lower level of the bi-level club will have two elevated main pools and 10 VIP bungalows and cabanas, each with their own pools. The mezzanine level will have a private pool with its own private bungalows and cabanas.

“I wanted to create a multi-tiered, experiential concept where the club was the actual star—not just the DJs that played there,” Drai said.

“I designed it to take advantage of the fact that we have the most spectacular views imaginable, as well as unobstructed sun during the day,” he said. “Originally there was talk of the entire hotel being branded Drai’s, but then we all realized that we should focus on the rooftop and make it the best it could be. Overall, I’d say the final product is remarkably close to my original concept.”

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