The Populist Brewery

The Populist Brewery

Istanbul, Turkey


In 2016, Lagranja had the honor to rehabilitate almost 2.000 square meters of the very first Turkish brewery opened in Istanbul by the Bomonti brothers.
Turned into a craft brewery and a large restaurant, The Populist aims to recall the disobedient atmosphere lead and created by the crowds against political issues.

The three floors of the late XIX century factory are organized in six areas having the craft beer as leitmotif. Each level has its own personality, working as a single genuine space within a greater unique complex.



Photography © Lagranja Design, Ali Bekman, Parla

Protest is reflected in a tangible and impressive aesthetic, involving the beer consumption in a friendly manner. Inspired by the 20’ American Prohibition period, the creative concept is expressed through the powerful slogans on walls, menus, aprons, napkins and neon signs.

Near the main access, a DJ station is set in an orange vintage Volkswagen van foresees what can be find inside: rehabilitated stainless steel tanks, megaphone sculptures, bottle-shaped luminaries and an old dark brick and mortar tank converted into an indoor balcony.

The degraded state of the building inspired the creation of a very impactful area in the upper level: the greenhouse. It turned out to be an impressive structure that allows the sun dress up the interior. Having plenty of natural light allowed the usage of several plants and one main tree that give a warmer touch to the space.

To preserve the original ceiling and walls to the maximum we have left stains, wrinkles and cracks visible. However, the new is blatantly new. A dress that does not pretend to be camouflaged, covers the minimum but can still be seen.

A bunch of old invoices were found inside the old building and the decision of using them as wallpaper for the staircase added more value to the interior. This genuine historical touch allows the user to get a glimpse of the old times glory of the edifice.

A wide photography project portraying Istanbul’s multicultural citizens evoke once again the unity and force of the people.

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