Client : Festival Inns
Location : Edinburgh
Value : £1.5m
Completion Date : November 2004
Awards : Winner of best Ambient Bar in Theme Awards (both National and Regional Awards)
Credits : Photographs by Paul Zanre Photography

Cargo was the first commercial premises to open its doors in the newly developed Lochrin Basin in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh.

The design of the interior was influenced by the history of the area and surrounding environment. Playing off the industrial theme gave us the opportunity to juxtapose elements such exposed concrete against high quality finishes such as steel and glass.

These elements are softened by the use of timber behind both bars and timber furniture which has been upholstered in leather.

Cargo’s location on the canal influenced the sail features, visible from outside the building. LED lighting is used throughout the interior, in particular to light the sails, to create mood changes throughout the day.