Located in the listed former Commercial Bank of Scotland, Shilling Brewing Co. is a 150-seat brewpub in Glasgow. Our design strips back to the original art deco interiors, overlaying contemporary features that resonate with the building’s rich history.
The beautifully proportioned 1920s banking hall has been revealed to house the beer hall. Copper vessels sit elevated behind the marble bar, and hops-patterned fabric lines banquettes. A star embossed into concrete flooring signs towards the bar, and a mural of a unicorn, a Scottish heraldic symbol, has been applied by a local artist. In the basement, foot-thick vault doors lead to a beer tasting space with a picture window to the cellar.
The practice was also responsible for the graphics and visual identity, which takes inspiration from the building’s architectural style, and references traditional banknote guilloche patterns.
Shilling Brewing Co.’s name is inspired by the currency once held at the bank, and Scotland’s historic shilling system for describing ale strength. It reflects the bar’s specialism in craft beer, offering a range produced onsite in addition to pizza cooked fresh using yeast from Shilling’s beer.
Brew Type, a purpose-made typeface is inspired by art deco fonts and the shape of the brewery’s copper pipes. It was used to design the logo, signage, crockery and upholstery. Details are occasionally foil blocked in copper as a nod to the pipes. A starry background referencing Scottish scenery and echoing traditional pub chalkboards is used for menus, beer taps, beermats and pizza boxes. An ever-changing menu board has individual magnetised letters, giving a playful look to the bar offering.
Our aim was to create a coherent yet subtle story for the interiors and branding. The resulting scheme accommodates local influences – the history of brewing in Glasgow and the bank’s classical language, and the overall Glaswegian context.