Westward shortlisted in 2021 Eat Drink Design Awards

Buchan’s Westward SkyCity Adelaide has been shortlisted for Best Bar Design in the 2021 Eat Drink Design Awards.

Located in the prominent western corner of the SkyCity precinct with panoramic views across the River Torrens and Adelaide Oval, Westward is wrapped within floor to ceiling glazed windows. A bespoke lighting feature is suspended above the bar illuminating the space and acting as a warm, inviting beacon for guests.

​​​​One of four new restaurants and two new bars, Westward forms part of SkyCity Adelaide’s $330m expansion and was crafted as a space where patrons, both guests of the casino and the public, could comfortably gather at the start or end of their evening.

The clients desired a meeting place that would be more than simply a bar in the casino, they wanted a place with its own identity. The entire space was designed around the central bar and the statement lighting feature suspended from the high ceilings above. The volume of space is further exemplified by the floor to ceiling glazed windows which present panoramic views of the Adelaide cityscape, viewable from any seat at the bar.

The design intent was to create a space which balanced industrial features with more luxurious elements to deliver a sense of grandeur and elegance; a space which set the tone for the possibilities of the day or night ahead. Pragmatically, a key element of the design was efficient floor planning. The designers worked closely with the clients throughout the design process to ensure that both a quality aesthetic and improved accessibility for operations were achieved.

The interior design embodies the client’s vision for innovative, marketable design. An engaging design outcome was crafted through attention to detail, bespoke features and touchable elements. 

The 2021 Eat Drink Design Award winners will be announced on 5 November 2021.


Photography by JonathanVDK