CHINAR: a taste of the Orient, near and far.
Chinar is a multi-purpose dining concept spread on two floors over 1400 M2. The trend-setting and category-busting “super club” is poised to revolutionize the dining scene of Central Asia, with already more than 20,000 regular fans on Facebook.
The Chinar brand identity, interior design and lighting scenography have been created by Henry Chebaane and his team from Blue Sky Hospitality, a multi-disciplinary creative agency specialized in sensory branding and holistic brand development for restaurants and bars worldwide. Henry Chebaane has created a design narrative combining a local sense of place with Pan-Asian aesthetics inspired by the Oriental plane tree (“chinar” in local language), mulberry tree, silk, dragons and fire… cultural elements shared by Azerbaijan and China and has re-imagined them into a contemporary environment of bespoke detail and sophisticated materials. The overall internal space is akin to a virtual tree house with carbonized bamboo flooring from Sichuan, a triple height ceiling covered by 155 vertical timber fins like a giant canopy of branches and a multitude of wooden floor screens with botanically-inspired fretwork.
The Bamboo Bar and tea lounge feature a cocktail bar and tea station made of walnut and emperador marble: the setting for dramatic service rituals involving fire and steam.
The seating includes a mixture of modern Asian and Frank Lloyd Wright pieces, upholstered in bespoke two-tone lime green leather and accents of magenta fabric.
The dining space is anchored by a theatre kitchen with steam and noodle station, charcoal satay grill, wood-burning oven and Chinese turbo woks. A fully glazed walk-in wine and sake cellar stocks over 200 premium labels under temperature control.
Chinar features innovations such as a multi-media art installation for the main staircase acting as an experiential hub to connect the two dining floors: bespoke light fittings, experimental 3D mapping techniques and theatrical engineering turn the steps into a liquid gold cascade mixed with glowing embers and billowing smoke effects.
The Audio-visual scenography for Chinar includes exclusive art video clips, wooden birdcages from Guangzhou and hand-made pendants made of a thousand silkworm cocoons.
The bespoke furniture mixes walnut burl veneer and dark teak with reptile-embossed leathers in shades of ruby, burnt gold and amber. The lounge design references both Azerbaijan “land of fire” and the mythical local hero “Bahram Gur”, dragon-slayer whose nearby statue is a Baku landmark. The Dragon Lounge, which include a sushi and vodka bar, is open each evening to host sets by international DJs such as REG Proj nd Ravin.
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Architect: Blue Sky Hospitality Ltd.
Team: Henry Chebaane, Simeon Wake, Tapio Rosenius
Client: Pasha Construction
Enclosed Area: 1400 sqm