Central Machine Works

Central Machine Works

  • Services
  • Interior Architecture
  • Interior Design

With industrial foundations and warm finishes, Kartwheel transformed a WWII-era factory into an inviting beer hall and a local hang for friends and family.

Constructed in 1940 as Capitol Machine Works, this sprawling space once housed a WWII-era airplane factory—the perfect venue for a family-style beer hall. But in a city with world-class breweries on every corner, Central Machine Works needed a space that would stand out.

To give this space a competitive edge, Kartwheel abandoned the conventions of a typical brewery and took a family-oriented approach to the design. Inside, antique machinery and a floorplan that leaves the brewing stations open to visitors gives the space a beer-factory feel. These industrial elements are balanced out by cozy seating areas designed for kicking back with a cold beer. Central Machine Works received a Preservation Award for Rehabilitation from Preservation Austin.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Custom, 16’ steel-framed doors stand open on pleasant days, beckoning East Austin passersby.

“We as humans base our existence on our experiences in the world, so offering one that is warm, inviting and all-inclusive was of the utmost importance to us.” — David Clark, Creative Director

KARTWHEEL SOFTENED CENTRAL MACHINE WORKS’ INDUSTRIAL EDGES WITH WARM MATERIALS, ABUNDANT PLANTS, AND DEEP, CUSTOM-DESIGNED LEATHER BANQUETTES AND FAMILY-STYLE SEATING AREAS.

  • Concrete
    Flooring
  • Cognac
    Leather
  • Vegetation
    & Greenery

INSPIRED BY ANTIQUE MACHINERY FOUND IN THE BUILDING DURING RENOVATION, WE COMMISSIONED LOCAL ARTIST TOM JEAN WEBB TO PAINT A CORRIDOR MURAL THAT WOULD READ AS OVERSIZED WALLPAPER.

“Works like a beer hall, feels nothing like one.” — CONDÉ NAST MAGAZINE