In 2017, a couple of beer enthusiast set up Bad Lab Beer Co, an independent brewery in the historic city of Somersworth, a little over 100 km north of Boston.
My client wanted to steer away from the design references found in typical American brewpubs and create an accessible restaurant and tap room that puts sensorial discoveries and community at the heart of guest experience.
I envisioned a paired-down space that functions as a framework where beverages, foods and people converge – a minimalist living room where the three factors merge against a toned-down backdrop.
The already existing industrial building came with elements like concrete flooring, a black industrial ceiling and windows with black steel frames. I wanted to build around the original details only adding a few materials to accentuate and compliment the simple and industrial feeling of the space.
The 400 square meter space includes a stainless steel brewery that guests can spot through glass panels, a stainless steel open kitchen that runs a full length of one of the walls creating an eye-catching feature as the light that shines in through the extensive windows bounces off it, a bar made of concrete and stainless steel, a dining area furnished with cast iron tables with light grey Valchromat tops and black wire chairs, a lounge area and a beer tasting area.
To add some warmth, the classic brown colour of beer bottles was a reference when selecting the brown leather for the upholstery.
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