8vo Rooftop

interior design / hospitality

Escazú, Costa Rica | 2019
Photography: Andrés García Lachner
In collaboration with: Cloud9

This Bar Restaurant located on the 8th floor of the Sheraton Hotel in Escazú, inspired by the trends of cosmopolitan cities, brought to Costa Rica the first rooftop with panoramic views, molecular fusion and a cocktail bar to achieve an innovative atmosphere. In this space, an oval-shaped lobby with iridescent tiles was designed to welcome the guest. Inside the restaurant, reflective copper lamps and zigzag mirrors reflect images of the central valley skies. On one side, a copper sushi bar combines with a surreal wallpaper with spoons that transform into fish, inspired by the magic of Gaudí. On the exterior terrace an unexpected pergola emerges, creating harmony with the pool and the movement of the clouds.

So, there is a strong narrative resource born of mythical narratives and their protagonists; highlighting the figure of the warrior, the so-called Jaguar Negro, a soldier of excellence, chosen by fate to perform with courage and appreciated by all within their culture. He, as a great host, is the starting point for the design of the soul, presenting itself throughout the space in various forms. And to maximize this experience and sharpen it, the aroma of copal (a type of incense used by these Mexican towns to clean the spirit and spaces) welcomes the visitor from the entrance hall. The mysticism is unique and acquires modernity in details such as the colors used, in emerald green, oranges and burnt gold, in honor of the totems and Gold, metal closely related to the pre-Hispanic tribes. Undoubtedly, the symbolism and cosmogony (understood as a way of perceiving the Universe) of these people, also have their place of honor in various decorative resources and in the signage, forcefully recalling the soul of civilizations already iconic.

All these resources coexist with the reminiscence of the enclosure to an old house, which could well be located in an Agave crop and stands out for its refinement and simplicity at the same time. These details of a Mexican hacienda, such as wood, wicker, mud and volcanic stone, can be observed throughout the space, generating together a visual spectacle full of harmony and movement. A large suspension in the middle of the main hall, as well as the railings, adorned in mecate and strategically placed pieces of macramé, are part of a contemporary language and a twist of this traditional past. The lighting, a relevant theme, allows to make Jaguar Negro a delight to the senses at nightfall, when the drama takes over the place, playing with pinkish tones and awakening the soul of the warrior. In synthesis, Jaguar Negro is a true tribute to Mexican identity and its essence, represented in a meeting of eras that go hand-to-hand and coexist to offer a magical and unique experience.