Here’s why experts agree this Toronto bar gives a vision into future hospitality

To give our audience eyes and ears into the live judging sessions that took place at Frame Awards 2020, we're sharing coverage of the insightful jury conversations that decided the winning projects. Below, we celebrate the Bar of the Year: Avling Kitchen and Brewery by LAMAS Architecture. Find the full collection of reports in our upcoming May/June 2020 issue, Frame 134.

Toronto – A long and heated debate among the members of the jury culminated in LAMAS Architecture taking home the Bar of the Year award for Avling Kitchen and Brewery. A discussion unfolded about relevance within the design profession, and about which perspectives and concepts need or deserve to be celebrated in this day and age. Is Avling Kitchen and Brewery simply the right proposal at this moment in time? Is it excellent design? As one jury member provokingly stated, is it just chairs in a room? Or, is it all of the above?

LAMAS was inspired by the process at early breweries when renovating an old supermarket into Avling Kitchen and Brewery (avling is Norwegian for ‘harvest’). The architects avoided the standard aesthetic conventions of breweries by putting the entire process of making beer on display in a fresh, brightly lit space under a green roof full of herbs and vegetables.

Despite sparking debate, Avling came out ahead of the pack for its ‘conscious informality’ and ‘inclusiveness’.

Alon Baranowitz, cofounder of Baranowitz + Kronenberg, summarized the sentiments: ‘Good design is more than just design. “Nice” is not a value, as there are other things of no less importance that can drive a design. Avling does much more.’ Caroline Cundall, director of interior design for Europe at InterContinental Hotels Group, highlighted the conscious informality of the project, as well as its ‘inclusiveness, generous use and social concept. In my heart I feel like Avling is more important for now. It’s a forward-looking idea of how things in the future will be used.’ Space Copenhagen cofounder Peter Bundgaard Rützou weighed in on the look and feel, mentioning that ‘the informality was a very conscious aesthetic applied to the notion and intent of the place. And that is very difficult to achieve.’

Read more about the project here. Frame Awards 2020's Hospitality category was proudly sponsored by Orgatec. The People's Choice award went to Henry’s by Heineken Experience and Ideal Projects.

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