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Shambles Brewery


Room 11 Architects


Elevate Building Group


Adbri Masonry

Products Used:

Architectural Masonry/Smooth Stone

Building Contractor:

All Brick

Photography Credits:

Ben Hosking / Andrew Knott

Shambles Brewery belies it's title. This enterprise, another in the burgeoning world of craft beer, is the creation of a group of mates who dreamt a dream of beautiful beer. Enter the Architects, who were briefed to "spend any money leftover from brewing equipment" on a fitout. The fitout needed to be appropriately robust, and a tough simple palette of block and black paint was the natural choice.

At the street frontage convivial tables are set adjacent to the main bar and in front of a bespoke concrete hearth which houses a simple and artful firewood stack.

A service core of bathrooms and utility spaces feature a clever screen of fenestrated block work which creates light play within the interior. Within this wall, cantilevered core filled 20.01 blocks perform the role of tables and wait expectantly for glasses of beer.

Beyond the delightful core space, the shiny stainless steel machinations of brewing are showcased against a gritty block work frame. This composition creates a textured backdrop for a monumental communal table upon a massive stack bond block work plinth.

The composition of technical equipment and the skillful deployment of 20.01, 20.934 and 20.48 block work distinguish this remarkable project.

"Blockwork is used skillfully and imaginatively throughout this remarkable project, such as the cute little tables protruding from a wall."
- Jury 2016 -