Pink Moon Saloon is a diminutive venue that occupies a former rubbish bin alley, sandwiched between two office buildings, in a laneway in central Adelaide. The project is simultaneously audaciously ambitious, and modest.
The jury of the 2016 Eat Drink Design Awards found Pink Moon Saloon successfully manages to make something from nothing – a forgotten space infused with a feeling of joy that the jury found particularly contagious.
The brief Best Bar Award called for a small bar and kitchen in a disused alley in Adelaide measuring 3.66 metres by 28 metres, with the venue to incorporate a narrative of the outdoors. The concept evolved into an exploration of the typology of the wilderness hut, creating a uniquely immersive experience. Pink Moon Saloon was to be other-worldly, visually rich and fun. Light needed to be able to penetrate the space and a compact floor plan had to efficiently deal with the limited width of the site. The alleyway was broken into layers: the light-filled and airy drinker’s hut and the darker, dimly lit dining hut. The two huts are separated by a courtyard, which allows light into the huts during the day. The sixty-degree roof pitch relieves the tightness associated with a narrow space and accentuates the venue’s height and volume.
The annual Eat Drink Design Awards supports innovation and excellence in the design of hospitality premises of all scales and types, retail environments for the sale of food and beverages and visual identities for both. The program recognises and celebrates Australia and New Zealand’s best projects, rewarding design achievement in six categories. From high-end restaurants and bars to offbeat hole-in-the-wall cafes and pop-ups, the awards are a unique forum for architects, designers and their clients to present their best new projects. It is the only awards program in Australasia dedicated to this specialist area.
The full write up of the bar, and the award can be found over here.