Boulevard Brewing Company Cellar 1 Expansion / el dorado

© Mike Sinclair

Architects: el dorado
Location: , Missouri, United States
Principal: Josh Shelton, AIA
Senior Associate: Chris Burk, Steve Salzer, AIA
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

General Contractor: inc

Boulevard Brewing Company desired a fast-track process for design and construction for an expansion project that would add (8) 40’-0” tall tanks to a 15’-0” tall existing structure. The tanks, planned for the production of hops beer, needed to be accessed 24 hours a day to regulate the addition of ingredients. BBC selected a project team assembled by an architect-led design-build delivery process to execute a complex assembly of components within very tight quarters. From the onset of the design process, the architect-builder had to plan the project to allow all adjacent space to remain open throughout construction.

© Mike Sinclair

During Schematic Design, the architect-builder discovered an underground river within a 1920’s culvert running under the north corner of the existing structure. The architect embraced this constraint, allowing historic infrastructure to shape the new expansion into a dynamic form that directly engages a busy intersection emerging from a nearby train overpass. The Cellar One Expansion serves dual functions. It provides a functionally sound, naturally illuminated space for the new tanks. The expansion also rises as a celebrated light monitor, providing natural illumination to existing adjacent brewing space below. Careful placement of perforated screening eliminates unwanted heat gain from the brewing process.

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Cite: "Boulevard Brewing Company Cellar 1 Expansion / el dorado" 16 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • mohahmad ashraf

    simple facade showing the skeleton of the building which gives a very light visual appearance the design orientation according to the sun path diagram is reasonable looks very efficient on the plan level

  • Joseph N. Biondo

    Nice work! Great modern intervention.

  • ryan

    awesome structure … really poorly written article. I think you mean “dry hopped beer” not “hops beer” hops beer is redundant because all beer has hops.