Black Forest Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
Completed, 2013

Design Architect, Construction Documents, and Construction Supervision: HOLLER architecture
Client: Black Forest Hospitality Group LLC
Architect of Record: Metropolitan Studio United PLLC
MEP engineer: EMTG Consultants Inc., Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer: Barry Structural Engineering, PLLC
General Contractor: UGB Construction

Black Forest Brooklyn was a major gut renovation to turn a 2400sf vacant 1-story building in Fort Greene, Brooklyn into a German Beerhall. The interior design is contemporary yet inspired by the traditions of the Black Forest region of Southwestern Germany. One half of the guest area is designed as a ‘Wohnzimmer’ (parlor/living room), with an existing, exposed wood joist ceiling, dark wooden wainscot and exposed brick. The other part of the guest area will be flooded with daylight through a series of large skylights, creating a quasi-outdoor ‘beergarden’ atmosphere. The project makes extensive use of salvaged building materials, such as retired NYC scaffolding planks used for wall paneling and furniture. HOLLER architecture was responsible for the architectural design, managing the consultant team, developing the construction documents, and construction site supervision.


photo by Alan Tansey