Situated on the top floor of the tallest building in Manchester, 20 Stories honors the city’s past while creating a dynamic, modern space that speaks to the future. Designed as a “garden in the sky” and inspired by the way of nature and the ever-changing Manchester skyline, the space embraces elements of luminosity and reflectivity while incorporating tactile materials, charges of color and organic forms.
Using locally sourced materials and handcrafted textiles, the space is designed to bring warmth and authenticity to seamlessly merge the inside and outside. Design features include a central canopy over the bar which serves as a modern interpretation of a grand specimen tree. The spokes and fabric are illuminated from above, creating a dramatic form with the textural quality of natural materials to create a sense of tranquility among the energized atmosphere. The dining area is defined by an abstract cloud ceiling composed of reflective metal panels that add additional depth and drama to the space.
The outdoor experience showcases the spectacular city views and includes an expansive terrace with a lushly landscaped garden of native plantings and fire pits for large and intimate gatherings. An undulating concrete bar is designed as an outdoor interpretation of the indoor bar, fostering the dialogue between the two spaces and enhancing the overall indoor/outdoor experience.
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