Spirits Pavilion - Slow Food Nation 2008
San Francisco, California 2008
We designed an environment for sampling cocktails that embraces the "alchemical" transformation of agricultural sources into highly refined products. The boldly graphic architecture is part landscape and part atmospheric bar. Recalling of agricultural landscapes, each strip represents one of the base spirits: whiskey, brandy, rum, vodka, gin and tequila with the vertical portion presenting an image of the agricultural source. Paper parasols, reminiscent of cocktail umbrellas and clouds, infuse the space with a soft light effect that merges day with night. Boxes from recycled lumber display historical artifacts of cocktail culture and the contemporary creations of small producers.
• 2008 AIA San Francisco Special Achievement Award