Slow Food Nation, Spirits Pavilion

An environment for sampling cocktails that embraces the "alchemical" transformation of agricultural sources into highly refined products.

  • Type Cultural
  • Location San Francisco, California
  • Status Built
  • Date 2008
  • Collaborators

    Min | Day

This boldly graphic architecture is part landscape and part atmospheric bar. Recalling 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 botanical 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. Installed as part of Slow Food Nation, San Francisco – the first Slow Food movement event in the U.S., the Spirits Pavilion celebrates the agricultural basis of this highly refined cultural production.

All components of this installation were repurposed for other uses after the 3-day event.

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Paper Parasols ~ Clouds, Colored Strips ~ Agricultural Lanscape

Colored Strips = Base Spirits (whiskey, brandy, rum, vodka, gin and tequila)

A distilled architectural environment.

The pavilion engenders social relationships between patron and bar tender, towards a collective embrace of sustainable agriculture.

Unfolded surfaces

Project Awards

2015 AIA Nebraska Merit Award for Architectural Interiors

2008 AIA San Francisco Special Achievement Award

Photography By Photography by Cesar Rubio & Matthew Millman
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