Graham Baba Architects completed magic interior for Deep Dive bar in Seattle
Deep Dive is a new high-end bar located in Seattle. The interior, loosely inspired by the worlds of Charles Darwin and Jules Verne as well as a dash of 1920s speakeasy, was designed by Seattle architecture firm Graham Baba Architects.
“Deep Dive is created out of one of three residual spaces located between and below the spheres (Graham Baba also designed Understory, the multipurpose exhibit venue that occupies one of the other two spaces). When you descend, you enter into this dark relic that’s tinged with a sense of Victorian magic and mysticism. The design embraces its inherent spatial limitations: small scale, varying ceiling heights, and complicated shape. It’s a small place with complex geometry. It was like fitting out a boat. Inside, a gently sloping ramp brings guests into a sophisticated environment eschewing minimalism, favoring a rich array of materials and objects. The floor plan mirrors the complex space with a curved, tufted velvet banquette, and gently curved bar. The intimate 1,677-square-foot space is wrapped in wood, punctuated by shelves, niches, and cloches, supporting an array of natural objects and assorted artifacts, transforming the space into a veritable cabinet of curiosities. The setting unfolds as a series of vignettes; entry, bar seating area, and library. Overhead, the ceiling is composed of a custom-designed array of suspended steel “ribbons,” which add drama to the space, while simultaneously concealing the existing mechanical equipment which dips into the space. Velvet covered occasional seating, small cocktail tables, and antique furnishings round out the space. The library, separated from the primary bar by a steel-framed and glass paneled wall, and furnished with an eclectic mix of antiques, provides a private space for small gatherings. Carpets, drapes, luxurious fabrics, and dark woods (stained ash, oak, and walnut), custom metalwork handrails, and decorative panels round out the space,” explains lead architect Jim Graham of Graham Baba Architects
- Location: Seattle, Washington
- Size: 1,680 square feet
- Design: Graham Baba Architects
- Photos: Haris Kenjar