It’s almost impossible to believe that less than two years ago The Corn Stores was in a state of complete dilapidation, after being left derelict by previous owners. But the Grade II listed building has been brought back to life in one of Rarebreed Dining’s most ambitious projects yet!
Rarebreed, a group of friends driven by a passion for fresh, British food and drink, partnered with Quadrant Design to help design and deliver The Corn Stores, an immersive ‘home away from home’, located in the heart of Reading.
The team set about restoring the four floors of the historic landmark, creating a multi-level hospitality experience, with a cocktail bar, restaurant and member’s lounge, and simultaneously developing a bold and original identity for the iconic building.
From the beginning, the brief of the design was focused on returning the property to its original open and industrial format, which included adding a new feature staircase and providing a seamless and engaging client experience.
A delicate combination of rich colours creates an interesting tapestry set against the original industrial features
On the ground floor, the site had been divided into smaller rooms and spaces over the years, which was not reflective of the building’s original layout. This resulted in the challenge of finding a solution that would marry together several different floor finishes that had been introduced during prior refurbishments.
Gemma Allen, Senior Design Manager at Quadrant, explained: “The introduction of a very bold selection of coloured tiles seemed like the creative solution that would stitch the old with the new and tie the original turn of the century finishes with the newer palette being introduced. The team chose three shades from Solus’ Travertine 1 tile range to form a bespoke pattern to inject vibrancy and colour, influenced by the décor and upholstery specifications.”
The bespoke tile pattern helps to marry the different floor surfaces in the space
The bespoke design was fabricated using full-sized 300x600mm tiles, that were later cut down to 150x600mm strips by Solus’ tile fabrication department at their HQ in Birmingham.