Excerpt: “The Brewing Anatomy” – an academic project by WinShen Tay from Dessau International Architecture Graduate School, reveals the inner beauty of a brewery by exhibiting the anatomical workings of a brewery and displaying the intricate machines that lie within the structure. This enhances the spatial programming of the structure from the outside as it celebrates the craft of brewing.
01 The Missing Link
Introduction: “The Brewing Anatomy” is situated in a cluster of repurposed, preserved, structures within the masterplan of the Historic Halle Slaughterhouse. The project takes on the coexistence between the old & new, the decay of the building coupled with the promise of giving it a new breath of life as it is welcomed into the ecosystem of “A Productive Neighborhood”. The project is aligned with the proposal of celebrating Halle’s diversity of mixed industrial sectors. It presents itself as an artisanal brewery that aims to rekindle the relationship between the consumer and the goods produced while promoting regional traditions & gastronomic pleasures. Envisioned through the anatomical workings of the brewing process, called “The Brewing Anatomy”, the project explores its significant role in contributing to the ecosystem of The Productive Neighborhood.
The proposal sits on a strategic location towards the North of the masterplan, and it serves to complete the quartet of preserved buildings that surround the center axis of the Historic Halle Slaughterhouse. This puts the emphasis on the center strip as the focal point of the master plan where the axis converged. It creates a common ground between the quartet of buildings where spill-outs of activities could happen.
03 Site Relevance
A major focus of the design concept is to establish a connection with the significance of the northern region of Halle, which is recognized as the second largest hop growing region in Germany. Additionally, the design scheme aims to align its relevance with the notion of a productive neighborhood ecosystem while promoting the celebration of local gastronomy and supporting natural hop production in the region
04 The Hidden Beauty
The ideology behind “The Brewing Anatomy” is to reveal the inner beauty of a brewery by exhibiting the anatomical workings of a brewery and displaying the intricate machines that lie within the structure. This enhances the spatial programming of the structure from the outside as it celebrates the craft of brewing.
05 Bridging The Gap
The project explores the correlation between a human body and a building. Inspired by the vessels that circulate within our bodies, the pipes and tubes that run the brewing instrument connect the buildings, keeping a close relationship between the two masses, despite being separated by the axis.
06 The Middle Ground
The project sits on the coexistence between the old and new, the middle ground between the past and the present, and continuity of its past identity and history. The intention is to create a space rooted in the past and forward-looking, a harmonious blend of the old and new.
“A symphony of steel and steam,
Where the brewing instrument’s beauty is seen.
The brewery’s inner workings are a sight to behold,
Exposed for all to see, a story to be told.
The vessels, pipes, and tubes, dance around
Guiding visitors through the brewing sound.
Harmoniously woven with the spatial flow,
Creating a gallery, a brewing symphony to know.
Immersing all who enter, in the art of the brew,
A visitor center, where the brewing is the main view.”
[This Academic Project has been published with text submitted by the student]
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