kro bar

Kro Bar is located within the campus of Manchester University and was, ironically, the former home of the Manchester Temperance Society. It is a largely intact Grade 2 listed building, originally constructed in the mid-19th century.
Existing walls and interior features were restored and service rooms created. The first floor was conceived as a series of plush lounges with high ceilings, dark colours and comfortable furniture. The ground floor is an altogether lighter, more dynamic space with a single intervention in the form of a long bar linking the main rooms, interlocking with the existing internal fabric. This intervention reveals itself in the form of fixed seating at the front, and a sculptural garden at the rear.

team

Client
borge ruby

Structural Engineer
Eric Bassett Associates

Main Contractor
Allen Build

awards

Roses Design Awards 2002
Best Commercial Project