Sodium Design

New Belgium Brewery
Asheville, North Carolina

Perkins + Will Architects
Completed Fall 2016


LEED Platinum, LEED Gold | USGBC
2018 AIA Charlotte Honor Award
2016 Best in Show + Sustainability + Small Corporate
| IIDA Carolinas
2016 Best Project Southeast - Manufacturing Category | Engineering News Record
2016 AIA Honor Award | AIA Triangle (North Carolina)
2016 COTE Award for Sustainability | AIA North Carolina

Project Role: Construction Management, Construction Administration, Project Closeout, Project Detailing, Design Coordination, Contractor and Owner Relations

The brewery typology proves to be a unique challenge as a design problem as it must both embody the aesthetic vision of the client but also skillfully integrate the intricate and extensive “brewing machine.” As such this project exhibits itself similarly to a motorcycle - simultaneously exposing and protecting the machine within while creating a unique and comfortable environment for its users.

The New Belgium Brewery is a 150,000 sf craft brewing facility located on the French Broad River in Asheville, North Carolina. The 500,000 barrel facility draws heavily from the site, the former livestock yards of Asheville, and attempts to blend into the neighborhood by breaking down the large mass of the building and make it of a familiar scale to the surroundings. This facility capitalizes on this heritage and reclaims much of the material from thecarefully deconstructed buildings previously on the site and reappropriates the wood, corrugated metal and some of the structural components into the new facility giving the building an a level of patina rarely seen in new facilities.

Completed in the summer of 2016 this building has quickly become the centerpiece of the beer culture of Asheville, North Carolina and is already a travel destination for enthusiasts throughout the Southeastern United States.

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