Chinar Lounge Bar Dining
Lounge Bar Dining
The entire concept from brand name, identity, graphic design, website, merchandising, interior design, lighting design, scenography, art, garden design, uniforms design, music styling was inspired by myths and legends along the Silk Road under the slogan: The Orient Near and Far.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A purpose build leisure building conceived and designed as a large tree house into which is experienced a contemporary aesthetic vision of the ancient Silk Road from Turkey via Persia and Central Asia into China.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Chinar has become the most famous dining designation in the city it is open from morning to late night, serving simple tea and coffee, Pan-Asian cuisine, fine wines, botanical cocktails and a smoking menu. The wine cellar and kitchen have been designed to be completely transparent and form the backdrop to a sophisticated lighting scenography and choreography of the staff.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project took 6 months to design and 12 months to build in the city centre of Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
special smoked bamboo parquet and carpet evoke the bark of the Chinar tree mixed with flames of dragon. bespoke green leather on furniture is textured like tree bark while others evoke scales of dragon in red and gold. The interiors lighting scenography uses DMX protocol and custom algorithms. One cocktail bar has a special tea station with boiling water on tap creating rising fog during operation. The two cocktail and sushi bars on mezzanine use low resolution video screens to create abstract patterns of fire. In the bamboo garden, a water feature contains gas burners for live fire effects.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
1400 SqM of internal and external space, 250 seats, restaurant, sushi bar, two cocktail bars, two private dining room, shisha garden, open wine cellar, show kitchen.
Chinar, Asian dining, Asian concept, pan-Asian dining, pan-Asian concept, central Asian dining, pan-Asian design
The overall aim was to preserve, elevate, sublimate the heritage of a local tea house called Chinar, that was on the site for over 60 years and very much part of the local social life. After consultation with many people, decision was made to create the ultimate expression of a tea house.To achieve this, a new larger building was planned to house not just tea but also food, drinks and music related to Asia, near and Far.
Much research on location to understand the culture of tea houses in Central Asia, importance of tea as a social connector, local cultural legacy.
See research notes above. The big challenge was to create something new and modern that would be commercially successful while elevating the concept of central Asian tea house (chaikhana) locally and for an international audience.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Blue Sky Hospitality