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Graham Baba Designs Moody Deep Dive Speakeasy

Graham Baba Designs Moody Deep Dive Speakeasy
Deep Dive
(Courtesy: Graham Baba Architects)

US studio Graham Baba Architects has designed the Deep Dive bar located at the Amazon Spheres.

Taking cues from speakeasies and adventure novels the studio has created a dimly lit bar with oddities and nature-inspired decor, such as dried plants and taxidermy.

Local studio Graham Baba Architects designed the bar to evoke the sensation of being on a journey. The front door is discreetly tucked between two of the spheres.

"Loosely inspired by the prohibition-era speakeasy, Deep Dive takes its aesthetic inspiration from the worlds of Charles Darwin and Jules Verne and captures the human spirit of curiosity and imagination. Accessed via a nondescript door tucked discreetly between the two Amazon Spheres, the experience unfolds as a journey. Deep Dive is one of three venues created in retail spaces located between and below the Spheres—spaces created without specific programs identified. Graham Baba was asked to prepare conceptual ideation for these three spaces – Experiential and Programmatic function. City regulations stipulated that each of the three spaces are open to the public; the challenge was how to activate them. Initial concepts conceived of the spaces in terms of their emotional, intellectual, and sensory potential, rather than by function. Following approval of the experiential concept, functional aspects were identified as a bar, a multi-purpose exhibition space, and a restaurant. Deep Dive is the manifestation of the bar space," stated Graham Baba Architects.

The 1,677-square-foot (156-square-metre) speakeasy is divided into a main room and a more intimate space called the library. Dimly lit, the main area features dark walls, wooden flooring and a stone-topped bar. Overhead, a ceiling installation made of steel ribbons adds visual interest while also concealing mechanical equipment. Various types of seating – including a tufted banquette – are upholstered with dark blue velvet. The bar is lined with glass cloches filled with dried plants and small taxidermy. The main area from the library is separated by glass-and-steel wall.

Deep Dive is the latest venture by Renee Erickson, a renowned local chef and restaurateur. In addition to an extensive cocktail list, the bar offers snacks such as cured salmon and caviar toast. Offerings are presented in a leather-bound menu.

Graham Baba Architects is a vibrant Seattle architecture firm recognized for the successful place-making of commercial, residential and arts spaces.  Whether through the renovation of existing buildings or in new construction, the firm believes authenticity can - and should - be found in every building by use of honest materials such as metals, wood and glass celebrated in their natural state.

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