Design Dish: BāBā at the Yellowstone ClubAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Experience the recently completed BāBā at the Yellowstone Club, designed by BraytonHughes. Grand in scale but doused with warmth, the overall essence is an effortless combination of rustic materials and Asian-inspired details to complement Chef Tsai’s remarkable cuisine.
An iconic ski, golf and adventure destination since 1977—the Yellowstone Club which sits at the base of a private ski mountain on over 15,000 acres— houses a number of residential, dining, shopping, spa and fitness facilities. Prior to working on BāBā, BraytonHughes designed the new village’s Buffalo Bar and Grill (BBG) restaurant, The Boot Room underground bar, sales center, locker room and Yellowstone Club spa.
“We wanted to create an atmosphere at BāBā that is as dynamic during the day as it is at night,” said BraytonHughes Design Studios President and Principal, Joel Villalon. “The transparency of glass offers passersby views into the restaurant and a surround screen experience to those inside. The restaurant is lit by natural daylight, and when the outdoor light goes dark, sconces suspended from a ring of timber columns create a rhythm around the room and a warm, welcoming feeling.”
Working in partnership with architecture firm Hart Howerton, the two powerhouse firms realized an elegant space that is massive in scale yet still feels cozy and intimate. BraytonHughes achieved this energy by covering the walls and ceilings with weathered wood planks and hammered steel plates accented by custom, seeded glass light fixtures and stone quarried from the heart of Montana. The Hart Howerton team designed the building in an expansive octagon that allows guests to enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding scenery and endless skies.
Guests can capture a glimpse of Chef Tsai in action with the design of an open-display kitchen that flanks the bar which heightens the overall ambiance and aromas. For more information on property sales and club membership, please visit: www.yellowstoneclub.com.