Near Krakow, in the village of Tenchinek, a 16th-century brewery has undergone extensive renovation, transforming it into a bar and restaurant. The building, originally constructed in 1553, suffered damage during World War II but was reconstructed in 2014, as reported by Dezen magazine.
The owners opted for minimal intervention to preserve the existing architecture and minimize the project’s impact on the environment. Today, the brewery continues to produce beer and strong alcoholic beverages in a traditional manner. The total area of the establishment is 250 square meters, with roughly half dedicated to the bar and restaurant and the other half utilized for the kitchen and the production of spirits.
The centerpiece of the interior is a self-service beer fountain designed in the form of a column. Bar patrons can pour themselves beer or spirits from 14 different taps, each equipped with an informational display providing details about the beverage available from that particular tap. According to the owners, this fountain encourages chance encounters among visitors, fostering social interactions within the establishment.
“As this element defines the establishment’s operating principle, we decided to transform it into the heart of the space in the form of a mini rotunda,” said Marcin Garbacki, co-founder of Projekt Praga, the design studio responsible for the establishment’s design.
In addition to the beer fountain, the establishment attracts visitors with a classy loft-style interior. During the renovation, the project’s designers removed layers of tiles from the walls to restore the original brick walls in their pristine form, reducing construction waste. New design elements were crafted from natural materials such as oak, ceramics, steel, and glass.
Among the interior elements, one can distinguish the new oak flooring, wooden furniture, and handmade clay lamps. These lamps are suspended low over the tables, creating a cozy atmosphere in the establishment. They are chosen in colors that reflect both the original brick and the new materials used in the project, and the different shapes and sizes of the lighting fixtures give each table its individual character.
In other news, the Finnish government intends to ease alcohol sales regulations in the country, with the plan to soften alcohol policies included in the new government program. This means that in the future, small liquor and distillery businesses may be able to sell beverages like gin and whiskey directly to consumers.
Source: The Gaze