17 December 2014
The Bomonti Beer Factory was the first brewer in the Ottoman empire. The brand was founded in 1890, and the beer has been produced in its Istanbul brewery since 1902. After years of bubbling activity and trucks filled bottles, the building was abandoned in 1991 after it was decided to move the machinery outside of the city. Recent interest in industrial restoration brought the Bomonti neighborhood back to life, transforming it into Bomontiada, a residential and commercial quarter. In this area, under towering ceilings where one can feel history in the air, the casual dining restaurant Kilimanjaro has opened its doors. Turkish studio Autoban designed the interior, mixing styles. Lead glass and exposed brick keep the industrial touch, while wood and other natural elements bring an eclectic, artisan feel. The harsh, austere effect of the space is softened by geometric, wood flooring designed specifically by Autoban, as well as boiserie. The bar’s immense central structure, a beveled island covered in climbing plants, is the focal point of the restaurant. Tables radiate around the central area, and there is alternative seating in the side dining room, as well as a small, private courtyard overlooking an internal courtyard.