Architects: Nilay Patalia Architects
Interiors: Anshu Arora
Landscape: Rashmi Attavar
Structural consultant: Deshpande & Associates
MEP consultant: Nival Tech
Contractor: Pinnacle premium projects
Year of completion: 2014
Photographs: Clare Arni
The program stems from a brief aimed to design a micro-brewery and a restaurant on a triangular site, with ample outdoor seating.
The design elaborated from the idea of making a wall on the front side. This helped in piquing the curiosity of the visitors as the large opaque surface became a screen for the internal activities. The wall also acts as a guard against the harsh western sun. The front setback achieved has been developed as a parking space.
View of the Bridge from the road side
Keeping in sync with the firm’s design principles of responding to the site and context, as well as the program, the plan is split into two blocks, the outline of which has been governed by the shape of the site and the positions of the existing trees. The blocks are connected on the upper floors by a bridge.
The open spaces are divided by this as front and rear spaces, each one different in scale and experience. The two courtyards are connected by a water body that starts at the entrance steps, continuing till the other edge of the site.
View of the Entrance Space at dusk
The total built up component of the design is kept minimal, covering all the design requirements, however maintaining a small foot print and utmost openness.
As the built up spaces are nominal, one only gets a glimpse of the space while entering the front courtyard.
As the person goes around the rear courtyard, he experiences the actual scale of the open space with the large water body and the outdoor seating and bar crafted around it.
These open spaces become the focus of all the activities, with the restaurants, brewery and the discotheque overlooking them.
The principal materials chosen for the design were exposed bricks and concrete. So as to achieve a worn out look for the building, regular bricks were used without pointing, making the structure look like it has existed for a long time. Also, all the services have been kept exposed, to give an industrial feel to the design.
The interior décor, like the building, also follows the principles of minimalism with subtle use of furniture, artefacts and lighting, thereby enriching the overall experience offered by the place. The detailing and the articulation of all the elements crafted enhance the innate contemporary expression crafted by the design.
Founded in 2005, Nilay Patalia Architects is a boutique firm focusing on a design based practice. With the Big Brewsky, the studio portrays their penchant for creating an apt contemporary expression to the context and program, rather than a typical solution.
– Tanvi Naik ,Volume Zero.