Hospitality Winner

Two Keys Public House

Summerville, SC


Project Description:

The design team was challenged with creating an upscale billiards hall with major budget restrictions and a limited schedule.  Since the clientele was exceedingly rough on his previous locations, the facility needed to be vandal proof, while maintaining an attractive appearance.

A raw but comfortable industrial aesthetic was created to reinforce the client’s vision.  This direction allowed for materials to be pre-distressed, and stand up to the clientele’s abusive treatment.  Inexpensive reclaimed barn wood, worn antique salvaged materials and exposed structural steel and concreate were utilized in their natural state.  Vintage doors were used as the bar front with door knobs installed for purse hooks.  Custom mesh clouds were designed and suspended at varying angles throughout the space to bring a sense of scale and create a ceiling over the billiards tables.

A local artisan was hired to create a custom backdrop feature at the pool tables.  Re-used pool balls, racks, and pool sticks were integrated into the art piece to create a one-of-a-kind composition.  A large scale custom painting was commissioned to resemble the owner’s grandfather, a star football player in the 1930’s.

Judges Comments:

Who would have thought this bullet-proof solution could be so deliciously creative. Spot on to achieve the project brief’s goals, concept and desires. (David Stone)

Made use of a typical contemporary design element with the wood wall and created a unique version with the alternating wood tones and logo. (Jane Hallinan)

I really like the graphics and art particularly the cue, rack and ball sculpture. High Design Rough and Tumble. Rack ’em up! (Michael Dudek)