Nestled in an alleyway between two towering buildings in Adelaide, the Pink Moon Saloon transports city dwellers to simpler times. The unexpectedly quaint timber structure was designed by Sans-Arc Studio to reference Australian vernacular and introduce the old fashioned charm of mountain living to bustling city life.
The twin structures house a bar at the front and a restaurant at the back, with a quiet sun-filled courtyard in the middle. Locally sourced Australian wood such as Spotted Gum, Tasmanian Oak and Ironbark dominates the architecture, replicating the way traditional huts are made. The architects combined timber and stone to accentuate the natural feel of the space, limiting the use of steel and other artificial materials as much as possible.
The designers embraced the limitations of the narrow plot by separating the bar area and the restaurant into two volumes. The street-facing front houses the bar, with the restaurant located deeper into the plot. In order to introduce as much natural light as possible, they then formed a small courtyard in the middle. A wall of stools flows through from the bar to the courtyard o the restaurant and dining area, strengthening the common narrative.
Photos by David Sievers