No Man Is An Island

Ponyfish Island Bar in Melbourne, Australia

Located on a unique atoll beneath the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge, the Ponyfish Island Bar is one of Melbourne’s hidden hotspots dedicated to curious wanderers and explorers alike.

Delivering a compact 20sqm of space, the single modular design is simple in form yet logistically complicated. As the bar is surrounded by water on both sides and only accessible by stairs descending above, the installation of the module called for a touch of ingenuity . . .

The module was constructed in the Modscape factory and then trucked to Hawthorn, where it was loaded onto a barge along with an excavator, transported up the Yarra River, and lifted into position by the excavator in one day.

Comprising a servery, kitchen and bathroom, the architecture and setting of the bar is further complemented by external cladding and design work by Moth Design. Extension of the site elements in the furniture, the serving counters and the timber cladding on the outside has homogenised the site into one aesthetic language, but with many pieces.

Finished with models and diagrams of peregrine flora and fauna and nautical paraphernalia, and offering a 360-degree panoramic waterfront view of the city, the Ponyfish Island Bar is a pop-up oasis of innovative design, degustation and adventure. Click to read more…

Ponyfish Island by Modscape modular design