Z Bar, Chicago

Designed by: Yabu Pushelberg
For client: The Peninsula Chicago Floor area: 40.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Bar of the Year

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As visitors step into the elevator leading up to the top floor of the Peninsula Chicago, they find themselves enveloped by a custom verdant mural overlaid with a reflective glaze, allowing guests to catch a glimpse of themselves in the foliage.

About the Project

The Peninsula Chicago Z Bar was conceived to inspire a private social club atmosphere, with an unexpected, off-beat sensibility that will surely leave a lasting impression. The layered juxtaposition of rough and refined textures with graphic pattern and artistic insertions of flora and fauna work together to define a sophisticated look and feel unique to this property.
As visitors step into the elevator leading up to the top floor of the Peninsula Chicago, they find themselves enveloped by a custom verdant mural overlaid with a reflective glaze, allowing guests to catch a glimpse of themselves in the foliage. Stepping off the elevator, guests are greeted by a series of framed animal portraits in the compact wood-paneled lobby, setting a fanciful tone. From there, a series of passageways frame the sequence of staggered rooms beyond, in addition to an uninterrupted connection to the outdoors. The space evolves as guests travel through it, creating an unfolding sense of discovery. In the lounges, open-grain oak paneled walls contrast the curvilinear residentially-inspired furniture groupings, upholstered in soft neutrals and rich, dark colours. Decorative, jewel- like pendants hang above long communal polished bronze tables, adding warmth to the room. Trapezoid-patterned stone floors in graphic black and white extend throughout; a pattern that is repeated in wood on the ceilings.

What’s unique about it

Z Bar is designed to capture the conviviality of the Peninsula brand and promote a vibrant, social atmosphere – a gathering place where the juxtaposition of intimate and open spaces creates a mood and energy unique to this place. Instead of designing one large space, the four more intimate compartments plus the expansive outdoor space cater to a range of moods, desires and occasions. The intimate lounges are perfect for first dates to late night cocktails with best friends, the open bar area provides a setting to mingle and imbibe, while communal tables indoor and out are perfect for both for power lunches with business associates and lively suppers. Lastly, the private room provides the opportunity for quieter gatherings or special celebrations. The compartmentalization also means there are many corner seats - prized tables are plentiful with amazing people-watching views. The majority of the furniture was designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Some pieces have been custom designed specifically for the space, including the central bar, communal dining tables, and outdoor furniture. Other pieces come from Yabu Pushelberg-designed collections for companies such as Avenue Road and Linteloo.

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The tucked-away Private Lounge is purposefully intimate, enveloped in translucent drapery. Natural light filters into the space through greenery-backed full-height glazing on each side of the room’s fireplace.

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Floor-to ceiling glazing throughout is swathed in sheer drapery, further softening the space and subtly veiling the view to the expansive terrace.

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The adjacent bar area, dominated by an elliptic bar at its center, is overlaid in moody dusk hues. Hand-painted walls in a custom mural of Chicago’s skyline by artisans Moss & Lam are subtly ombré giving vibrancy and depth to the room. Hand-painted walls

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