An Inside Look at Brus Brewpub in Copenhagen
Brus is a Copenhagen-based brewpub with activities including brewing, kegging, cooking, shopping, dining and drinking .The place was converted from old iron factory by To Øl, a Danish craft brewery that both established the venue and run the whole design process.
“BRUS is visually connected to the fact that it is a brewery. The brewery isn’t specially designed for being on display for the guests and visitors and is located at the back of the house in all its steel and glory. Everything is there for a function – the oak barrels are not there for aesthetic reasons but for ageing beers. Wood is a natural material to work with in a country like Denmark and oak is a recurring theme throughout the place. The oak carries an inherent reference to the barrels but stands alone as a beautiful type of wood. It is merely treated with oil and is present in its most pure form. The carpenters and furniture designers acquired three whole oak trees, and from this cut out the 9 meter long bar, as well as the lounge booths, bar stools and restaurant tables. The lounge area at the end of the bar carries a subtle reference to beer production with backrests cut out in the shape of a barrel and seats in the material of cork. The chairs ‘J39’ and ‘Søborg-chair’ are designed by the great Danish architect Børge Mogensen, and both are made from oak corresponding with the rest of the place with their robustness and Nordic touch. The notion of openness is an inherent part of BRUS. The different functions of the space are not remarkably divided allowing the guests to drift visually as well as physically between the spaces; from bar to shop over brewery to the restaurant. The six serving tanks in the bar expose the production aspect of the brewery towards the guests and offer a visual reminder of the process of making beer. In BRUS there are no walls except for those enclosing the restrooms and small stock rooms. BRUS is not a complete concept; it carries an understanding of the experimental approach and philosophy core to its existence. The mobile interior means the barrels can be moved when other partitions are needed, the light has changing tones to sync with the seasons and in the production facilities when the brewery is utilized as a visual tableau for private dining experiences, concerts, meetings etc. BRUS is kept in a functionalistic yet humanistic modern design. White walls, steel tanks, pure oak. The walls are exposed brickwork subtly revealing the building construction. The ventilation system is part of the interior just like the troldtekt and structure of the ceiling is kept visually apparent,” explained Louise Norup Hellener, Head of PR & Communications
- Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
- Size: 8 073 square feet
- Design: To Øl