shed studio transforms abandoned train carriage into MEATliquor restaurant

shed studio transforms abandoned train carriage into MEATliquor restaurant

after building a cult following amongst burger aficionados from the back of a food wagon, MEATliquor owners scott collins and yianni papoutsis approached architecture firm shed design to evolve the brand, and translate the essence of the early incarnation into a permanent restaurant in king crossing, londonthe concept had two simple ingredients: a unique idea for each site borne out of location, mixed with a no-nonsense approach to the operations, add a large portion of debauched anarchy and this allowed shed to develop a design language that is now synonymous with MEATliquor.

the bar is located inside the train cab



fast approaching the six-year anniversary of working together, shed has just completed the 13th restaurant for the MEATliquor crew. an abandoned train carriage dominates the space, housing the bar and kitchen. the theme of transport carries on into the out-dated seat fabrics and carriage seating, rusty finishes and graphic prints. it’s like looking back to the days of british rail in the 1980’s. shed collaborated with creative agency ilovedust to create a colourful backdrop to the space. skylights, windows and the rear wall are adorned with MEATliquor characters and the train carriage was graffiti-tagged on site.

the seemingly abandoned train is covered with graffiti

original timber roof trusses of the victorian tram shed

the train is complete with horns and lights

booth seating features out-dated train fabrics

beer tanks sit on a metal structure above the train carriage

illustrations by ilovedust

the kitchen is housed within the train carriage

skylight above

illustrated graphics referencing trains

the exterior of the restaurant



project info:


client: meatailer
address: 6 st chad’s place, king’s cross, london, uk
built area: 190 sqm
covers: 90
completion: august 2017
key materials: aluminium clad train carriage, rust laminate, pvc curtains, blackened steel
photographer: cedar film co



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