Prior to being a 160-seat brewpub, Shilling Bar & Brewery was formerly a branch of the Commercial Bank of Scotland built in the 1920s by the architect James Miller.
Jestico + Whiles has uncovered a beautifully proportioned banking hall that has been unseen for decades. Bits and pieces of the past are revealed and restored such as fluted marble columns that bodies a wood-burning oven and the 20ft-high coffered ceilings.
The firms’ restrained intervention design lets in more natural light through the initially placed lofty windows. Visitors to the brewpub will come across a mural of a majestic unicorn on the panelling by local artist Gaz Mackay, chosen due to its sentimental and cultural value of being Scotland's heraldic symbol.
A massive inset star has been embossed into the concrete floor to signal the route to the bar and a timber raised area has its brand "Shilling" scorched and framed by theatre curtains, which could serve as a semi-private area for visitors if needed.
James Dilley, head of hospitality and interior design at Jestico + Whiles commented: ''Our design for Shilling responds to our client's simple brief to create the best brewpub in Glasgow. We have worked carefully to reveal the original interiors and have overlaid contemporary features that resonate with the building's rich history.''