Hot-rolled steel, bold graphics, and oversized sliding steel doors become the signature elements of the design in this transformation of a nondescript warehouse building into the new tasting room and brewery for Seattle’s Georgetown Brewing Company.
Taking a cue from the no-nonsense attitude of industrial buildings, two concrete corner panels of this tilt up structure were removed with sliding steel panels taking their place. When open, the reentrant corner serves as a dramatic entry to the tasting room. A lone beam cantilevers out ten feet to support the brewery’s logo. The sliding steel doors not only complement the building’s industrial character but function as a large billboard to passerby—becoming a sort of neighborhood landmark.
Georgetown Brewing Company co-founder Manny Chao describes his experience working with Olson Kundig.
Inside the tasting room, the original steel and concrete ceiling was uncovered and left exposed. Customers can view the action of the brewery through a glass wall inside the tasting room. Local fabricators built the bartop/counter with wood salvaged from the old Rainier Brewery. The vestiges of a loading dock shack still remain as an homage to the building’s utilitarian and mutable history.
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