The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design in Istanbul, Turkey


Project: Resident Beer Factory
Architect: Lagranja Design
Location: Instanbul, Turkey
Area: 21,527 sf
Photo by: With the approval of Lagranja Design

The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design

Nearly 2,000 square meters of the first Turkish brewery, released in Istanbul by the Bomonti brothers one hundred years ago, have been rehabilitated by Lagranja Design. Turning into a craft brewery and a large restaurant, The Populist aims to recall the disobedient atmosphere created by many people on political issues.

Far from being just plain decoration, The Populist Brewery is made from a series of projects ranging from photography and graphic design to custom-made furniture and equipment. All of them weave unique concepts across space in the social and political realities of Turkey.

The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design in Istanbul, Turkey

The protest was reflected in a real and impressive, friendly aesthetic that involved the consumption of beer. Inspired by the American Ban’s 20s period, this creative concept appeared on walls, menus, and napkins as powerful slogans, whether painted, glued together, or made with neon light. An extensive photography project depicting Istanbul’s multicultural citizens and several historic documents complete the show. Beyond graphic visual and photographic evidence, other elements have been designed to tie space to his new narrative. Decorative lighting shaped like a megaphone, bottles and even giant megaphone statues inject realism and provide a deep experience for visitors.

The three factory floors of the late nineteenth century were organized in six areas sharing the same hero: beer craft. To serve the cause each of them has their own personality, working as a single space in a great unique complex. Right at the entrance, 6 large beer tanks on display in 2-way glass boxes and a dj station located in a vintage orange Volkswagen van greet beer drinkers. The copper brewing house and the fermented stainless steel tank are the main focus of the second room which houses impressive megaphone statues and traditional turquoise tiles also made bar counters.

The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design in Istanbul, Turkey

Providing a high floor, a dark brick and old mortar is converted into an indoor balcony overlooking a “pide” oven based in the fourth area. The ground surface is connected to the first floor by an eight meter long spiral staircase which creates a winter garden. Reminiscent of the greenhouse crystal ceiling, exterior concrete and various vegetation and outdoor furniture creates a comfortable area next to a small music room.

Lagranja Design tries to modify the original walls and ceiling. Spots, folds, and crevices remain visible but the improvement is radically new. Also dress the room with new clothes which even though they only cover the minimums still remain attractive.

After years of neglect, the renewed Bomonti factory aims to become an extraordinary F&B complex in Istanbul. This is the first major project developed in Turkey by Lagranja Design, an award-winning design company, founded in Barcelona in 2002 and has been based in Istanbul and Singapore as well, focusing on interior design and products.

– Project description and photographs provided by Lagranja Design

The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design in Istanbul, Turkey

The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design in Istanbul, Turkey

The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design in Istanbul, Turkey

The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design in Istanbul, Turkey

The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design in Istanbul, Turkey

The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design in Istanbul, Turkey

The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design in Istanbul, Turkey

The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design in Istanbul, Turkey

The Populist Brewery by Lagranja Design in Istanbul, Turkey