HARBOUR tap & grill is the flagship bar and dining destination of the brand new luxury retail and residential development of Port Baku. This very popular and successful concept was designed by Henry Chebaane, Creative Director of Blue Sky Hospitality London, by combining the industrial heritage of Baku harbour with the nautical elegance of Boston and the rugged maritime feel of Southampton.
It has been conceived as a legacy brand expression inspired by the adventurous nature of sea travels, the rugged industrial past of Baku and the future aspiration of the city as a world-class leisure destination. The warm, stylish and relaxing interiors evoke a blend of vintage seaside inn and classic yachting club, using specially designed tables, chairs and sofas made with high quality textured materials such as cast iron, copper trim, teak wood and indigo leather.The large island bar serves craft beers on tap, seafood on ice and quality comfort food. Fully covered with thick copper sheets it anchors the main ground floor space. Above it, dropping from the vast soaring ceiling, numerous clusters of vintage metal pendants provide an impressive lighting installation, casting a warm glow over the main seating area.
The cosy mezzanine lounge features a fireplace, custom-made with reclaimed ship components and more than 500 nuts and bolts from the local shipyard, re-purposed into an evocative art piece. The intense mood and theatrical drama created by the interior design are heightened by cladding all internal walls with thousands of natural stone pieces, cut and fitted on site, itself the backdrop to several hundreds metres of shimmering copper pipes and copper sheet paneling.
The design studio’s usual story-telling attention to detail extends to graphic identity and signage, tableware and uniforms. For a period of 12 months prior to the completion of the project, over three tons of vintage nautical equipment have been sourced and collected from around the North Atlantic and Caspian coasts, including some authentic diving helmets from 1920.Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Designer: Blue Sky Hospitality Project name: HARBOUR tap & grill
Client: Saffron LLC
Floor Area: 480 M2
Photography: Emil Khalilov