Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen
Who wouldn’t enjoy sitting back and sipping on beer, particularly after a long day at work? Especially if it comes with fresh beer from an in-house microbrewery, great cuisine and a stunning ambience for true indulgence. Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen in Gurgaon offers all this and much more in a spectacular setting created by Lotus, where unique design elements and materials blend to form an interesting space .
With over 173 years of perfecting the art of its traditional boutique beer, American brewing legend Lemp Brewing Co. recently opened its first ever franchise in Gurgaon.
An international microbrewery brand in India, Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen’s U.S.P. is creating craft brews, with a variety of 6 flavours to offer. Here one can experience Lemp beer recipes, which are tried and tested over 200 years along with international cuisine, and state of the art entertainment targeting a niche segment - clientele of Gurgaon and NCR.
The restaurant is positioned on the second level at Star Mall, located on NH 8 which acts as a prime spot with the proximity to toll bridges connecting Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen to clientele across Delhi, Gurgaon and Jaipur.
“Our requirement was 10,000 + sq. ft. property with ample space, good lighting and huge ceiling and car parking to create something on a grand scale, which is larger than life. Star mall was the only place that offered all that,” says Akshay Luthria, Director, Lemp
Brewpub and Kitchen.
Delhi-based Lotus was commissioned to conceptualize the design for the brewery housing a brew bar, a restaurant, a lounge, a dance floor and a performance stage.
“The whole idea was to install the brewery on a mezzanine so that we can show case our USP, which is craft beers, with a larger than life effect. We also wanted a one stop destination for food lovers and party goers, with a movable dance floor, VIP Lounge, green room and a dining area,” says Akshay.
Spread over 5300 sq ft, Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen opens into a grandiose double high ceiling. The eye-catching brewery on the mezzanine level is the focal point of the restaurant.
“The brewery was placed on the mezzanine level to utilize the height and the volume of the site, making the brewery a backdrop of the experience. Wherever you are in the restaurant you get a glimpse of the brewery- a reminder of the fresh beer which is being served to you,” says Ambrish Arora, Lotus.
To support the brewery equipment on display which weighed many tonnes, a structural grid was designed and installed. This created two distinct zones, the restaurant and the brewery in the double height circular space and the lounge which also functions as the dance floor at night in the grid.
“The restaurant set in the large cylindrical volume gets plenty daylight from the north sun, while the lounge was placed in the darker part of the site. Zoning of the space was done in a manner so that the experience does not feel scattered at any point in time. To keep the experience tight during both low and high traffic times- we zoned the areas so that certain spaces could be cordoned off during the day,” Ambrish explains.
Both the spaces are intersected by the bar, an installation made using old beer bottles. “This is a tongue in cheek homage to the bottled beer which could become obsolete with the coming of fresh beer on Tap,” Ambrish adds.
Various seating arrangements have been installed which include long banquettes, circular booths, luxurious sofas for the lounge, loose tables and chairs, furniture on sliding platforms which can be removed when the bar turns into a club making space for the
dance floor. According to Lotus, the different configurations cater to customers coming in both small and large groups and provide varied experiences of the space.
Giving a unique look to the interiors, Lotus has utilised low-cost, recycled/recyclable material in contrast to luxury materials and finishes. For the large ceiling in the restaurant, paper tubes have been installed to create a dome that makes the space intimate and brings down the volume. Adding to this, old bottles, stained glass and chain mail have been used to create various installations within the space. In contrast to these, the shell is clad with stained fire brick, while quilted leather and sheer fabric curtains bring in the element of luxury.
Besides great reviews and response from clientele, Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen was even shortlisted for the Best Restaurant & Bar design award by RIBA (UK based Awards) for Ambiance in the whole of Asia.
Speaking about commissioning Lotus for the interiors, Akshay says, “Lotus is rated in the top 5 in South East Asia with great projects under their belt like Hard Rock Café, Delhi and Shiros, Delhi. Besides their high credentials, we felt they were the only company truly interested in our vision and who genuinely cared for the kind of work we wanted to do.”
Akshay adds that expansion plans are in the pipeline, where Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen would be present across the country. Currently the brand is focusing on Bangalore and Pune
Sidhartha Talwar, Pankhuri Goel, Arun Kullu, Ambrish Arora, Vijendra Sharma, Navin Jha
André J. Fanthome
Sunil Sharma, NSICPL
Shashank Sangall, Akshay Luthria
The brewery was placed on the mezzanine level to utilize the height and the volume of the site, making it the brewery a backdrop for the experience
The concept objective was to install the brewery on the mezzanine to show case the USP, which is craft beers, with a larger than life effect
An installation made using old beer bottles. is a tongue in cheek homage to the obsolete bottled beer in the brewery
Furniture on sliding platforms are removed when the barturns into a club making space for the dance floor
The walls are clad with stained fire brick, while quilted leather and sheer fabric curtains bring in the element of luxury