Interior - Ben Kelly
Whitworth Street West
The Hacienda' cultural significance is well documented. However Ben Kelly's designs for the interior of club were equally as important.
His post modern industrial chic was to be copied innumerable times and with regard night club design it saw the beginning of a real shift away from sticky carpets, chrome and mirrors of the 1970s and 80s over to a more robust and hard edged look for night clubs. The influence was to stretch further - the design influencing a new wave of bars, into office and retail interiors and into graphic design.
It is a cliche but the design of The Hacienda was years ahead of its time and had it survived maybe another 10 or 15 years could surely have been worthy of listing.
Such was its importance, the interior of The Hacienda was recreated for the recent British Design exhibition at the V&A Museum.
Architecturally and culturally The Hacienda was much more than just a nightclub.