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Taipei's Omni has become the first nightclub to win the very top Red Dot award

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Omni Nightclub Taipei has won the top prize at Germany's prestigious Red Dot Design Award.

It took home the "Best of the Best" gong, marking the first time the awards have given its highest glory to a nightclub.

Along with other big-name winners such as Apple, Audi, Philips, LG and Bose, the Dan'an District establishment received the prize at a ceremony in Essen, Germany on July 3.

The Red Dot awards are among the most important and highly regarded design prizes in the world.

In addition to having a fair and transparent judging system, the awards are also notable for the unique view they give of humans' vision for the future.

To allow intercultural works to be fairly assessed, the jury comprises independent designers, design-related professors and scholars as well as experts with various backgrounds.

The award has three levels of prizes: Honorable Mention, Red Dot: Winner and Red Dot: Best of the Best. Only a few works in each design field receive a prize.

Omni's award-winning interior space was designed based on the journey guests take through the club: the early anticipating, getting dressed up, walking through the door and the revelry. Everything about the club is immaculate and stylish, from its marketing to stage design to lighting and sound equipment.

Red Dot Design Award chief exec Peter Zec lauded the club, saying it had "provided entertainment combining great music, a fashionable space and nice service."

Omni says the concept behind its design was simple: integrating an image of the universe with dots, lines and planes — shaping the most classic Asian urban nightlife with intelligence, regeneration and sustainability.

The stage lighting in Omni is especially notable; it's driven by the Hippotizer V4 Karst, with a 30-meter wide, 5-millimeter thick, curvy-surfaced LED screen. This lets the audience enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the action, like at the Colosseum.

The jury concurred, saying: "The concept of the Omni Nightclub Taipei uses lighting scenarios in a fascinating manner to create an ever-changing spatial ambiance in an interplay with the architecture.

"The changing geometric shapes visualize energetic power and activity. It establishes a theatrical space of entertainment with an atmosphere that automatically captivates the attention of the visitors. The stage-like flair of this club encourages visitors to share experiences of joy and enthusiasm with each other."

Red Dot Design Award recently founded offshoot museums in Taiwan and Singapore, which Zec said was a demonstration of the eminence of modern Asian design.

"I feel high creativity from Asian designers every time I go to Asia," he said.

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