Mutuus Studio designs the Supernova inclusive nightclub in Seattle

A giant disco ball holds the DJ booth at this Seattle nightclub, designed by local company Mutuus Studio to be a “safe and welcoming environment for women, BIPOC and all members of the LGBTQIA+ community”.

Supernova was established by DJ Zac Levine with Mutus Studio, Custom GMDs and several artists as an inclusive art and entertainment space.

The Supernova nightclub is centered around a DJ booth inside a hemispherical disco ball

The nightclub occupies a 6,500 square foot (604 square meter) timber warehouse built in 1937 in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood, which was transformed by the team into a two-story venue.

“Supernova’s guiding principle was to create a safe and welcoming environment for women, BIPOC, and all members of the LGBTQIA+ community as employees, patrons, and artists,” Mutuus Studio said. “Speaking to diverse audiences and self-expression, Supernova invites everyone to enjoy a night of dance, music and art.”

Main dance floor
The club occupies a former warehouse in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood

Patrons enter past graffitied walls and a neon-lit hall of mirrors on an upper-level mezzanine, which overlooks the main dance floor below.

The DJ booth is housed in a huge disco ball, covered in small mirrored tiles and measuring eight feet (2.4 meters) in diameter.

VIP area
Rows of disco balls diffuse the light in the VIP area

The hemispherical booth sits at the center of a 30-foot-long (9.1-meter) stage, used by performers for performances of all kinds.

These are accompanied by lights arranged in diamond patterns behind the cabin and other audiovisual equipment suspended from the roof.

neon hall of mirrors
The entrance is through a hall of mirrors illuminated with neon lights

A variety of facilities can be found in the club’s many small spaces.

A VIP area is delimited by classic red velvet ropes and golden chandeliers, under a ceiling of several disco balls that scatter luminous fractals in the dark space below the mezzanine.

In another living room, fluorescent panels cut into wavy shapes frame sofas and a pink neon light mounted on the far wall.

Some of the panels drop from the ceiling to create additional seating, while the first spans the full height of the room and is perforated by an amorphous shape that forms the doorway.

Living room with fluorescent panels
Club spaces include a lounge framed by wavy fluorescent panels

Drinks are served from a metal bar, as well as from the front of a vintage Volkswagen van – its windshield missing but the headlights still working.

Supernova currently hosts weekly events including house music and disco themed parties on Fridays and Saturdays.

VW van bar
A vintage Volkswagen van forms a bar

The project was completed in July 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, when many nightlife venues were hit hard by closures and restrictions.

In response, creative studio Production Club has designed a personal protective suit for clubbing in times of social distancing, which includes features for phone integration and drinking and vaping.

Unicorn sculpture above the stage
The space is filled with a variety of sculptures and installations

Seattle-based Mutuus Studio has completed a wide range of projects in the Pacific Northwest – from designing a cozy farm-to-table restaurant to transforming a large steel sphere into an installation in a waterfront park.

The photograph is from James Gerdeunless otherwise stated.

Project credits:

The Mutuus Studio design team: Kristen Becker, Saul Becker, Jim Friesz, Jorge Gomez

Jerry C. Greiner