Given the specificity of this project, both in terms of its program either in its relation with the rest of the territory, there were taken into consideration several factors, especially given its individual character, being a project of considerable size and importance, even for the region. The manufacture of craft beer, it’s indeed a unique service in our region and it’s implementation will strengthen the productive and tourist offer in our municipality, contributing to the reduction of seasonal tourism, and the diversity and economic development, offering new experiences to our visitors, stimulating new jobs. This particular experience turns out to join not only the aspect of tasting a real craft beer, where you can relish the various aromatic herbs native of Arrábida present in the beer, as well as the knowledge aspect through guided tours allowing to know the production method.
Another determining factor in this proposal as stated above, the property is located in an area already consolidated in terms of the amount of existing services. Yet the plot itself, moves away slightly off the main artery, almost looking for a space of his own, that maintaining a good accessibility, can establish a close relationship to nature, in an area characterized by the green and by the view of Arrábida’s mountain. Taking into account these aspects, decisive in the development of a solution not only consistent with the site but also in its own organization, we sought to define a program to give an effective response to the client needs, allowing simultaneously to establish relations with the place, providing interaction spaces to visitor, privileging the green areas. In this sense, the building now proposed, intended to mark that territory, not aggressively, imposing to everything else, but coherently through a sensitive architectural language, establishing links with the various elements present, namely the mountain and the surrounding natural areas.
It was not intended a static building, indifferent to its context, proposing a very dynamic volumes, punctuating the visitor path, creating expectations and emotions. Another relevant aspect of the building is its materiality, coated with wood almost entirely, looking for patterns and different textures, both outside and inside space, enriching the whole experience to those who visit. Throughout the design phase of this building, It was required a profound research, not only in terms of the production itself, particularly regarding to all the necessary required installation, as well as the organization of the various spaces, being a challenge the articulation between the visitor’s path with all technical areas, as it was a condition to turn possible guided tours in order to know the entire craft beer production process.
In terms of program, we sought the articulation between very distinct spaces in particular the manufacturing area itself, a brewery, two offices and the entire storage area required for the activity. He tried to establish a hierarchy relation to the most important spaces, and that they interact with the site differently, creating up at the entrance and manufacturing zone, a wider and more open area making the visitor reception. In contrast, the restaurant area relates to outer space with greater intimacy, being oriented to a more green and closed space, looking for privacy. As to the volumetry of the building, we proposed two larger volumes, articulated by a zone of lesser height, which makes the connection between the various spaces. The plant consists of one floor and a basement, and the use of covers for storage and office areas. As stated above, the pedestrian and car access to the lot will be made to the West, by the Caminho Branco street, where a necessary parking area will be created, ensuring all the conditions necessary to access the establishment.