The design is a hybrid theme of ‘industrial’ and ‘nature’ – the concept dives deep into an exploration of the coexistence of men’s hard work with nature.
Penicillin’s design tells the story through the contrast in materiality. The Penicillin Lab, exterior and entrance are cladded in white tiles, showcasing the team’s culinary experiments, processes, equipment and machineries. The Fermentation Chamber is located at the back of the bar as an extension to the laboratory, allowing visitors to see the work-in-progress experiments at Penicillin. The seating area and main bar adopts the palettes and finishes inspired by characteristics often found in nature such as dark, earthy tones and raw textures of stones.
The focal point is the main bar, featuring a bar countertop which appears as if it was carved out of giant volcanic rock and is described as the ‘cockpit for bartending’ by founder Agung Prabowo, designed to fit all the needs for performative efficiency. The language of laboratory design is further explored through the customised displays behind the main bar. Penicillin’s bespoke bottles of cocktails and ingredients are fixed onto the wall with a laboratory clamping system.
“Roman and Agung wanted to work with someone who hadn’t necessarily designed for food and beverage before,” says Betty Ng, founder of
With a focus on conserving energy, minimizing pollution, and tapping a network of local producers and designers to explore the various aspects of Hong Kong culture, Penicillin offers a completely new and sustainable bar-going experience like no other.