The Echo building in Katoomba began life in 1912 as a printing house for local Blue Mountains newspaper. In the century following, the building had a colourful and varied existence until ending up as Civic Video store that was ultimately abandoned by 2017. It was at this time that Mountain Culture Beer Co was established as a craft beer brewing company. Owners Harriet and DJ discovered The Echo and saw it’s potential for their company’s brewpub. They imagined the place brining people together to enjoy their new beer. Breakspear Architects assisted Mountain Culture with transforming the dilapidated Echo. We aimed to re-discover the building’s lost charm when beginning its new life as a brewpub.

By Toby Breakspear, Tiffany Liew. For Mountain Culture Beer Co. 2017-2019 Completed. Photography by Mountain Culture and Broadsheet (Kitti Gould).