PASIFICO is a spectacular dining and entertainment venue conceived as a sensory journey from the coastlines of South America to deep inside the Amazon forest. This surreal fantasy occupies 1,200 M2 of prime real estate at the top of a new purpose-built landmark building located on Baku’s main boulevard overlooking the Caspian Sea. This show-stopping late night bar, lounge and dining destination has been imagined and designed by creative director Henry Chebaane and his renowned experiential design studio Blue Sky Hospitality, based in London, NYC and Madrid.
With PASIFICO, the design team wanted to provide the Baku residents and city visitors with an entertainment venue unlike anything else in the region. Judging by the numbers already achieved, this goal has been more than fulfilled with the place buzzing with customers every night of the week, from sunset until the early morning. The bar stocks specialist crafted rums, pisco and cachaca specially imported to Baku, while the kitchen produces a playful menu from the vast culinary and cultural melting pot that is South America: Peruvian ceviche, tiradito, anticucho, sushi, grilled steak, empanadas and tropical salads.
The dramatic interior design is inspired by the colours and textures of the deep rain forest, its exotic fauna and exhuberant flora. The cavernous eight metres height ceiling evokes a virtual tree canopy connected to the timber floor by intricately crafted columns and screens of palm, mango and coconut wood accented by concealed pin lighting in warm hues. Embossed leathers and vibrant flashes of turquoise, indigo and amber recall the fleeting movements of colourful birds, reptiles and giant butterflies in tree branches.
The long bar clad in emerald glass mosaics shimmers with purple and gold reflections like the scale of a giant anaconda. Above the glistening bar counter, stands a cleverly integrated DJ and performance balcony overlooking the whole space like a tree house. Tribal and indigenous wood carving, artefacts and ceramics have been sourced from Peru, Chile and Brasil to provide an eclectic mix of cultural references from lost civilisations. The rooftop external terrace decked in hardwood timber and contemporary furniture for lounging the night away, has already become an iconic feature on the fashionable Baku scene.
True to their reputation, the Blue Sky Hospitality design team spent over a year prior to opening, creating and refining a theatrical scenography to engage all the senses, combining rich sound system, selected botanical scents, custom video content, complex lighting effects, fog misting, gobo projections, all controlled by sophisticated DMX programming and proprietary technology.Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Designer: Blue Sky Hospitality
Team: Henry Chebaane, Simeon Wake, Tapio Rosenius
Photography: Kamil Ahmedbeyli
Client: Pasha Construction
Floor Area: 1200 SqM