Accreditation: Xavier LOUP STUDIO
Art Director: Xavier LOUP STUDIO
Landscape Architect: Xavier LOUP STUDIO
Landscape Contractor: TROPICA GREENERIES
Contractor: PT GITA CIPTA SELARAS
Outdoor Furniture: KETTAL
Lighting: MATTEO MESSERVY
Destination: RESTAURANT & BAR
Location: SEMARANG, INDONESIA
Land Space: 800 SQM
Accreditation: Xavier LOUP STUDIO
LIFESTYLE & CULINARY EXPERIENCES
In many countries, food and drinks are sublimated into a true art form. We have always included culinary experiences in the Art of Living that we create for our clients. At night, indoors, Padma Semarang rooftop also hosts a masterpiece…of a different kind.
Fuego, the bar, and restaurant, is not a hotel restaurant. Even in-house guests have to book, and it stands to become a primary destination for discerning gourmets from Semarang, Indonesia, and South-East Asia.
Exclusivity and surprises are the main ingredients of this experience. Access through a dedicated lift and a lighted path evoking an x-ray machine makes it clear to customers that they are about to live a special moment, outside of their daily lives.
The view of the city illuminated at night reminds guests of iconic bars and restaurants in Tokyo, Hong-Kong, New-York, and Bangkok. There are very few rooftop experiences in Indonesia, and Fuego provides for this distinctive feeling of floating above a city, dominating it.
First-time visitors are surprised by the unusual approach to luxury and fine dining of FUEGO + ARTHUR, the set-up, lighting, material, and colors all work together to make it an almost coarse, rough, edgy space. By contrast with the “masculine” esthetics of the bar and restaurant, the restrooms provide a “feminine” boudoir ambiance (marble, fine fabrics and colors, scented candles, soft organic lighting, etc.)
The bar area transports people in yet another exotic location thanks to the bar shaped like a boulder set on a beach, with holes allowing lights to shine from inside, as if moonlight was passing through the rock, and to the Midnight Blue ceiling. Bleu Klein artwork hanging from the ceiling with spotlights shining randomly give the effect of a misty night studded with stars. Midnight Blue is a smooth, rich, blend of blue and black, considered to be beneficial for the mind and body. It slows down human metabolism and produces a calming effect.
Pivoting bar stools allow views on stunning sunsets with Mount Ungaran in the background. A DJ set adds tempo to this “cocktail with a view” experience. The drinks are exclusive blends of alcohol mixed with pure vegetal extracts obtained with Buchi Rotavapor® technology. The flavors extracted through rotary evaporation are also used for crafting amazingly tasty dishes in the attending restaurant.
FUEGO (fire in Spanish) menu is inspired and influenced by Japanese cuisine, where people eating together share food and order for the whole table (not 1 by 1). To that effect the presentation of the food (served in generous dishes to be shared, not served in individual plates) and the tableware are of special importance, it contributes to enhancing the diner’s experience.
At FUEGO, the look and feel of the tableware is very different from the usual smooth white porcelain and China usually associated with fine dining. FUEGO is a strong mix of sizes, shapes, textures, and colors bringing an extra visual dimension to an already unique food experience.
The food is served to diners sitting in circular alcove-style dining sofas where they feel like they are in a theatre. Each dining table (in natural river stone) is a stage where the lights are shining, and the food is the guest-star every night. Eating while facing the window offers a view on the city of Semarang from the 9th floor, a vibrant setting for a full experience.
Depending on the time the atmosphere is different, and music, scents and lighting are used to guide and accompany guests from a pre-dinner cocktails chill mood around sunset time towards a more vibrant clubbing mood after 10 pm, with dinner mood in between.