Disco architecture: 10 clubs that changed the way we dance, have fun and love

As discos around the world have been welcoming dancers back, we trace the relationship between clubbing, design and youth culture through ten one-of-a-kind venues.

This weekend the legendary Cocoricò club in Riccione will be finally switching the strobe lights of its iconic steel and glass pyramid structure on again. Featuring performances by Leigh Bowery and legendary DJs – including an early gig from Daft Punk who were booed off stage by the local audience – the club has made the history of club culture in the world.

Despite this industry has been long demonised by dominant culture, it nonetheles contributed to shape the last fifty years of Western society. Discos have, in fact, been a fertile ground for the dialouge between architecture and music experimentation, igniting many youth phenomena and feeding that pop culture that we now celebrate under the merciless influence of retromania.  

Although carrying the flag of a variety of music genres and embodying the spirit of different epochs, the clubs here listed had a pivotal resonance on both youth culture and on the world of design, determining a line of demarcation between a before and an after in the way we conceive clubbing.  

Opening image: Cocoricò, Rimini, Italy

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