A team from Y2 Architecture led by Matthew Dwyer and Felicity Brown has won the Ketel One Bar Design Competition to design and organize the construction of the principal bar for the National Architecture Awards on 1 November at Midland Railway Workshops in Perth.
The competition, organized by the Australian Insitute of Architects, was for emerging or graduate architects.
Y2’s winning design uses cardboard cylinders as its base material, satisfying the competition brief of being innovative, sustainable and easily constructed. Bound together with clear elastic bands, the tubes form modules making up the components for display, storage and bar service. The modules are both structural and decorative – some will store bottles and lighting, while others will remain empty offering glimpses behind the bar.
The team wanted a recyclable material that would reflect the site’s industrial history and utilize a bi-product from an architectural office. It was also important that the material be lightweight, versatile, modular and easily transportable. Regupol Everoll rubber will be used for the cushioned floor surface of the bar.
Jurors Brian Zulaikha, Jacqueline Connor, Nick Larkworthy, David Beatty and Georgina Greenland commented on the winning entry: “The repetitive design using simple materials allows a clarity of design with subtle changes – the undulating form suggests a ‘K’, referencing the Ketel One brand. The tubes can be used to grow mint, hold bottles, hang glasses, and to contain lighting.”
Three commendations were also awarded – Hyojin Kwon, Corinne Trang and Gregory Demaiter of T. Sushi for The Flow Bar; Mark McQuilten and Ben Attrill for The Sleeper Cell; and Leon Eyck and Briony Darcy of De Atelier Architects for MOED.