About the project
This bar is for the new breed; suave and sophisticated clientele, hungry for something new.
We wanted to create a classic yet contemporary posh bar and whisky lounge in this part of the world.
Patrons that cross the threshold would enter a new old world; a place for cool, elite Hanoians to meet and mingle, to be inspired and uplifted.
The Angelina Bar revolves around whisky and it was natural to inject a cleverly Celtic edge to the detail, Scotland being the home of whisky, but we wanted to avoid the cliche of tartan upholstery everywhere.
The name Angelina also ties in winningly with the term the Angel’s Share which refers to the 3% evaporation of the whisky during the maturing process in porous oak barrels.
The architecture of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel further set the tone for Angelina.
The charming, colonial architecture of the hotel encouraged an interior scheme that is mindful of its heritage and inspired an atmosphere of a bygone era with rich paneled walls and lush wallpaper.
Nonetheless, we did not want to create yet another stereotypical colonial bar. So we challenged tradition by infusing daring shades of cerise, chartreuse, teal, moss green, heather and amber, which also mirror the amazing palette of the Scottish countryside.
The space, punctuated by numerous nooks and crannies, allowed us to create little corners of individual character that enhances the overall feel of the bar without clashing visually.