Hubert Koper has designed a craft beer bar and brewery to replace the current bike storage at the Sheffield train station. He aimed to create a cultural and social hub where beer enthusiasts from all over the nation could congregate and sample a wide range of craft beers that had been imported from various regions of Poland. The idea for the bar and brewery occurred to him one day when he spotted an increasing number of posters proclaiming Sheffield as the city of brewing beginning to appear in the city centre. He took his time designing the area to reflect the significant craft beer culture in his home country of Poland. His main source of inspiration was the 13th-century Gothic castles dispersed around the country, particularly in the northern portions where he grew up.
In order to capture the essence of Polish Gothic and the medieval era that it is associated with, he developed a deep fascination for the elaborate high ceiling designs found in Gothic structures such as castles and cathedrals. Compelled by impressive arched walkways and vaulted ceilings, Koper incorporated them into his modern approach to Gothic design.
Focusing on the social aspect of the space, Koper wanted the space to promote social interaction. In order to achieve this, he designed a variety of seating and standing areas, some near each other and others further away to accommodate larger groups of people.
The train station is a prime location for this project. He believes the potential countrywide reach of the train services is a great opportunity to encourage people to travel to the bar by train. Any craft beer enthusiast’s desire is to have the chance to sample some of the finest imported craft beers from Poland, and the train station’s accessibility makes it an ideal location. The taxi rank located just outside the bar is also a great opportunity to provide transportation to customers who might need a taxi home.