We were tasked with the design of a small beverage and food centre that has a strong technically dedicated function, a commercial origin and a socially interactive recreational role. The project involves three (3) tenants with different requirements for each.
A microbrewery focusing on the production of quality craft beer made on the premises for the sale and consumption to the public (patrons) at the point of produce – as well as the production of beer, for sale but NOT consumption on the premises i.e. buy and drink and buy and take home. It is to be a pub&grub thus requiring a full commercial restaurant kitchen and all spatial and technical implications attached to it. It should be properly owned, managed and staffed. The building should accommodate for 100-150 patrons.
A secondary restaurant with a reasonable to good quality general type of menu that is not group specific
as a franchised branded family restaurant or an extremely exclusive highly priced exotic cuisine restaurant.
It should be properly owned, managed and staffed. The building should accommodate for 50-100 patrons.
A micro-tenant with a total floor area of ± 30m2 and should accommodate for 5-20 patrons. The function
of the micro-tenant should be anything relating to the function of the other two (2) tenants i.e. a brewers shop,
ice-cream bar, confectionery den, pudding bar, sweet shop, sandwich servery, etc.
To understand the nature of spaces to suit and house specialised technical constraints, accommodating among other technical challenges, the brewing equipment and brewing process along with the management in spatial terms of the technicalities and challenges of commercial planning requirements. The investigation of planning solutions that bring together the constraints of a specialised process, the particulars of specialised equipment and the many people centred requirements. The development of an appropriate aesthetic for a building project having a technically dedicated function, a commercial origin and a socially interactive recreational role (both for the workers and the patrons in this case). The tree dimensional resolution of a small but complex public facility.