Steel and glass fronts London bar and brewery

A folded facade of galvanised steel and glass fronts this beer hall in London by local studio Gundry + Ducker. Designed for Camden Town Brewery the beer hall and active brewery sits within railway arches and cobbled mews.

Its collapsible frontage was designed by Gundry + Ducker to celebrate the arches while framing the new taproom and shop within.


“There was an opportunity to think about how we could connect the mews to the city, encourage public and community use and express the brand,” studio founder Christian Ducker explains.

Retaining the spirit of being in a busy working brewery whilst creating a welcoming environment for guests was key to the project brief.

“We reimagined the mews as an industrial park where the huge stainless-steel tanks and brewing paraphernalia became blended with trees, lighting and seating to form a space used for a range of activities,” Ducker elaborates.

The two renovated railway arches act as an extension of the site. The arches are connected by the facade where they front onto the mews. Formed of galvanised steel and glass, the folded frontage is intended to reflect the industrial nature of the site.

Inside Camden Town Brewery, the renovated arches house a taproom, tour meeting point, shop and meeting space. They are connected at their rear by a double-height corridor which services the chilled cellar, kitchen and other ancillary spaces. The folded frontage of the galvanised doors creates slanting views out from the arches and defines circulation from the narrow mews into the interior.

Existing materials define the interiors, with exposed brick and concrete floors within the arches have been retained and celebrated.

A bar stretching the length of the railway arch acts as a focal point in the taproom. The wall behind it is clad in white vitreous-enamel panels, with beer taps positioned below a contrasting graphic of Camden Town Brewery’s logo.

Images by Hufton + Crow via Dezeen

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