To revitalise a now-defunct 18th century public house as an exciting, authentic and inclusive space for the local community and creative scene, delivering a design capable of uniting patrons from the relatively disparate worlds of London’s finance, tech and new media.
Working closely in partnership with British branding and communications collective Storey & Co - an agency that articulates stories to promote and reignite local communities - we redeveloped the 350-person pub to encompass a checkerboard of functions. Reimagined as a Barrell House X kitchen, the ground floor is now split across three key sections: a main bar; a mezzanine dining area with DJ booth (afforded by the building’s unusually high ceilings) and a fully functioning ‘show cellar’ that allows visitors a vista onto the inner workings of the pub, framing the venue’s working-class roots with a unique sense of theatre.
Other design highlights include a series of custom-engineered fittings; an expansive pewter bar with copper and green marble finishing, an open fire and a statement ‘gunshot’ glass installation. To add a more luxurious, modernist sensibility in parts, we also added Crittall-style steel-framed windows and reimagined the exterior via large panels of glass with bronze surrounds, recessed within monumental slabs of white-grey Portland stone.