CW Interiors |
Main Course | May 2012

What's Brewing?

Lotus, a Delhi-based firm, adds a fresh perspective to design at the Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen in Gurgaon.

As you enter the Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen – a brightly sunlit all-day restaurant – the eye is drawn to an unusual feature: the gleaming brewing equipment installed on the mezzanine floor. The fresh beer dispensed by this installation all through the day gives this space its very identity.

The Lemp Brewery, a beer brewing company established in 1840 in Missouri, has now opened its first ever franchise in Gurgaon in the form of the Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen. To infuse its flagship outlet with a strong identity, the company roped in Delhi-based firm Lotus to create the interiors of the restaurant. Pankhuri Goel, Senior Project Designer, says, “Our design for Lemp was a response to the site and the client’s brief.”

The latter was quite simple: to create a space that houses a brew bar, an all-day restaurant, a lounge, a dance floor and a performance stage, all under one roof.

Mezzanine muse

With this in mind, the entire space was first zoned. The brewery, being the most impor­tant element of the restaurant, got pride of place on the mezzanine floor. “We did not want the brewery to occupy the main floor space since it required a very large area of 1,500 sq ft,” says Goel.

A grid was inserted to support the weight of the equipment, which divided the entire space into two very distinct volumes. With the circular space getting huge amounts of light through the day, it became the natural choice for the all-day restaurant, while the more secluded, darker space became the lounge or club.

Paper and glass

The skeleton of the restaurant was circular in shape, almost overwhelming for diners with its high volume and large ceiling. “Diners prefer a more intimate space; so, we created a dome using paper tubes, to both define and bring down the volume,” says Goel. These paper tubes have been painted from the inside and suspended from the metal grid work installed on top.
In the lounge, stained glass panels in the ceiling create a lighting feature and lend a pulsating feel to the dance floor. Moreover, the bar, which lies between the two zones, is an installation made using old beer bottles that have been cut and installed on a backlit acrylic surface.

Simply lit!

Since the restaurant doesn’t require artificial light in the day, the focus was on evening lighting. The designers have created glowing surfaces throughout the space: an in-lit bar, in-lit ledges and glowing tables, which are the main source of light. Adding to the overall effect are the uplighters that wash the brick walls.

The paper tube dome in the ceiling also helps set the mood for Lemp. “When we inserted the dome, we also introduced a grid of lights installed on the same framework,” says Goel. These lights change colour with the rest of the glowing surfaces.

Rustic luxury

“We had decided to work with low cost and recycled materials,” reveals Goel, about the material palette developed by the team. The designers have used paper tubes, old bottles, stained glass and chain mail to create installations within the space, while stained fire brick wall, quilted leather and sheer fabric curtains have been used to bring in some luxury.

Behind the scenes

The coming together of the various elements and zones is what forms the USP of Lemp. Moreover, the fact that the brewery is always a reminder in the backdrop and not an in-your-face installation, adds a special touch.

However, the brewery itself posed the biggest challenge for the design team. Before execution, they spent a lot of time with the brew master and the equipment suppliers to understand the process of brewing beer, the pipeline, its flow and the temperature required. The technical knowhow became the crux of the design.

Lotus has tackled the challenges posed by the site and the brewery installation with flair, thus creating a sophisticated, eclectic atmosphere where people can dine over a fresh mug of beer.

Meet the designers: Ambrish Arora & Pankhuri Goel

Firm: Lotus Design Services, founded in 2002.
Firm Specialisation: Interiors and architecture.
Design philosophy: We deal with every design problem at a fundamental level. We don’t believe in getting into a style. We start with trying to define the forces at play and then create the geometry that resolves them.
Philosophy towards life: We find inspiration in ordinary things, everyday events and chance encounters.
Favourite architects/Designers: Peter Zumthor, Kengo Kuma and Rahul Mehrotra.

Materials Used:

• Firebricks
• Stained embossed glass
• Chain mail
• Old beer bottles
• Paper tubes
• Hammertone finish MS structure
• Corian
• Flooring pattern using Somany tiles
• Burnt wood cladding with router cut graphics
• Bronze mirror
• Leatherite
• Graphics printed on frosted film


Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen, 2nd Floor, Star Mall, Sector 30, South City 1, Gurgaon-122 001.Tel: (0)88007 66144.
Lotus, F 301, 1st Floor, Chaudhuri Prem Singh House, Lado Sarai, New Delhi-110 030. Tel: 011-4057 0808. Website:
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