22,000 litres of beer and a roof garden in a restaurant in Toronto

Located in an old grocery store, the brewery-restaurant Avling Kitchen & Brewery by LAMAS includes fermentation tanks in the basement and a vegetable roof garden for a self food production.

Located in Toronto, Canada, Avling Kitchen & Brewery is a restaurant designed by LAMAS (Lee and Macgillivray Architecture Studio) in a building originally served as a grocery store in the first half of the 20th Century and rencently used for bean sprouts cultivation. The project is a renovation of a “dark and wet space”, as described by studio partner Vivian Lee, so it added light through oversize openings both on the facade and the roof.

Avling Kitchen & Brewery © 2019, LAMAS Architecture Ltd.

The architecture studio had to to include 22,000 litres of beer in the basement and 4,000 litres fermentation tanks, 5 meters high, not that easy to install in a store from 1949. According to this, the structural work consisted in adding beams between the exisiting ones to sustain the roof. The space includes a roof garden, that provides ingredients to the restaurant and uses water from the brewery for irrigation. A resident butcher, house made ferments and a beer lab are located in the basement, always following the idea of self food production.

Interiors are light and open thanks to windows and glazed walls watching fermentation tanks. Tubes on the ceiling are visible from the restaurant area and beams have been painted pink. Placed on a wall, a murales by Madison van Rijn, inspired by Canadian geography and nature.

Avling Kitchen & Brewery
Toronto, Canada
Restaurant and brewery
LAMAS (Lee and Macgillivray Architecture Studio)
Executive architect:
Structural engineer:
Mechanical Engineer:
BLT Construction
Mural Artist:
Madison van Rijn
Avling Kitchen and Brewery
975 sqm

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