La Soupe Populaire Restaurant in Berlin
Located in the studio house at the former Bötzow brewery in Berlin, La Soupe Populaire (The Soup Kitchen) is a remarkable industrial style destination. The 19th century brewery is a staggering 24,000 square metres and is currently being converted into a “public destination” by David Chipperfield Architects. La Soupe Populaire restaurant situated within, which also plays host to contemporary art exhibitions, is a world of concrete and metal that has been transformed into an inspiring eatery with an exciting menu. Serving up modern takes on traditional German recipes, on white Urbino porcelain – a 1930s design from the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin – chef Tim Raue has been directly influenced by the city’s heritage.
Floor grating constructed from metal, which would have originally been prized for its durability when using heavy machinery and rolling loads, now serves as a novel feature underfoot. Coupled with the metal railings, they are a reminder of the original function of the building.
An eclectic range of furniture is used throughout the restaurant. Woven outdoor seating contrasts with enormous industrial pendant lights above. Minimal table settings include small potted shrubs to bring a sense of the outdoors into an otherwise raw, man-made interior.
Exposed steel beams and trusses lock in to concrete walls that bear the scars of their past. Large ventilation systems protruding from the ceiling dominate the space above, tempered only by the well pruned trees scattered throughout.
Carefully curated artwork is exhibited throughout La Soupe Populaire, adding colour to the exposed brickwork and concrete. A bright shed-like structure in the middle of the room draws attention with its patinated paintwork.
Vintage seating and tables, situated on multiple levels, complement the heritage of the building and blend in well with the industrial aesthetic. From the mezzanine, you can enjoy the view with a glass of wine from the extensive drinks menu or savour a slice of La Soupe Populaire’s renowned Bee Sting Cake.
Concrete arches that make up the supporting structure take centre stage in the restaurant, looming overhead with dramatic presence. Exposed bulbs hang loosely from the ceiling, giving off a warm, subtle glow. A reclaimed brown leather sofa broadens an already expansive list of colours and textures that make La Soupe Populaire the industrial masterpiece that it is.
Iron Framed Leather Chair, £350, Cambrewood
The frame on this chair from Cambrewood is reminiscent of the piping running along the edges of the restaurant.
Glass Top 9 Drawer Sideboard, £495, Cambrewood
If you’re a fan of the piping, then you’ll like this storage unit too, which is at once both sturdy and elegant.
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