Layered Industrial – Atomic Beer Project by YSG
Redfern, NSW, Australia

Photography Anson Smart
Styling YSG
Interior Design YSG
Words Bronwyn Marshall

Saturated and immersive, Atomic Beer Project breathes a new sense of purpose into what was previously a warehouse space, connecting to the microbrewery and process of making as a key focus. YSG draws from the area’s past and a layered industrial aesthetic to propose a series of textural and sense-engaging spaces.

Adding its own layer to Redfern’s eclectic past, Atomic Beer Project inserts itself as a microbrewery and hospitality space, non-descriptive and deliberately welcoming to a varied audience of patrons. Previously an unused mid-century brick warehouse building, the repurposing of the space both layers in the previous grunge of the architecture and the surrounding context, while also bringing a contemporary and designed freshness that elevates the memory of the building’s past and connects to its current operator. Celebrating the act of making, the large fermentation vessels and tanks are made deliberately visible from all aspects within the space and become sculptural additions in the process. YSG has crafted a series spaces that act as an extension of the offering, while embracing its patrons in mood-lit interiors.

Working within the existing envelope, new custom joinery elements are introduced as saturated and stirring features, animating the space through atmospheric cues.

Atomic Beer Project draws on a number of varied influences, from the building’s own industrial past where the red brick is left intentionally exposed and becomes a key part of the story of the space to influences from New York’s CBGB and a pan-Asian nod. The underlying current of ranging diversity is expressed in a number of ways throughout, matching the intent of the space and the clientele fittingly. Working within the existing envelope, new custom joinery elements are introduced as saturated and stirring features, animating the space through atmospheric cues. A select colour palette aids in allocating zoning of grouped areas, adding depth and a curiosity. A blanket of tonal monochromatic base colours acts as a balance.

Throughout, feature lighting and joinery sculpts the space and hints at movement channels at the same time. The rich history of the building and its previous occupation as a factory becomes part of the new space in its untouched nature, while ethe new elements feel temporary as moveable objects of their own. Continuing the embedded grit of the area into the new space was integral, and through a curated approach to lighting and the retention and expressed nature of heritage, this becomes a key part of the experience of the space.

Atomic Beer Project draws on a number of varied influences, from the building’s own industrial past where the red brick is left intentionally exposed and becomes a key part of the story of the space to influences from New York’s CBGB and a pan-Asian nod.

Atomic Beer Project thoughtfully combines and links various narratives. Through a carefully orchestrated approach, YSG has crafted a home to its new makers, while respectfully engaging with the surrounding context as a thoughtful evolution of its history.

Published 28 June, 2021
Photography  Anson Smart
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