Public House, Walsall,
West Midlands, UK, 1998

The new building forms part of a new urban public space at the western end of the high street, which also includes the New Art Gallery by Caruso St. John, and is the Highgate and Walsall Brewing Company's flagship pub in Walsall.

The distinct mound-like form of the roof is adjusted in response to site geometry and to the neighbouring road, canal and square. The external faces of the building are clad in blackened materials and the interior is lined with Douglas fir boarding set below rough painted brick walls. Details are intended to emphasise the character of each material used in the building's construction, creating the atmosphere of a hall-like communal space.

Competition: 1996
Project duration: 1996-1998
Gross internal area: 550 m2
Contract value: £520,000

Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Best Pub of the Year Award 1999

Photographs: Hélène Binet

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