juniper blue concrete, Portuguese cork, Australian red cedar,
Cambia ash, copper
Four Pillars’ inaugural retail offering anchors their multi-space Surry Hills venue with bars aloft. Presenting as a censorial environment to smell, see, taste and touch the award-winning distiller’s products – from bottled ranges to gin-infused marmalade and chocolate – and associated merchandise, it permeates a solid and reassuring embrace of natural materials.
The overarching brief was not to replicate a gin distillery, but rather, create a thriving gin emporium devoid of pretence, bringing patrons closer to the distilled essence of the award-winning Australian Four Pillars’ spirit.
A bar inspired by the colour of a ripe juniper berry? Sure, I was nervous about such a bold statement. Painstaking testing ensured the shade was just right. The spectacular centrepiece gives every drinker a front row seat at what we hope will become Sydney’s leading gin destination. Eileen’s is a symbol of the power of collaboration and the seamless communication between the design team, makers and us. The majority of the fabrication and entire installation period took place during COVID lockdown over emails and Zoom sessions. As an Australian company, we’re super proud all involved were local (the only exception of the bar’s stainless-steel inserts designed using VR with an Oslo-based company). The design team understood, embodied and built on the distilled essence of what we’re all about: attention to detail, hospitality and (above all) an endless passion for sharing our craft.
Leah MacKenzie, Experience Director Four Pillars Gin