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David Chipperfield to Restore Berlin's Bötzow Brewery

David Chipperfield to Restore Berlin's Bötzow Brewery
David Chipperfield to Restore Berlin's Bötzow Brewery, © Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects
© Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield Architects has revealed plans to transform Berlin's former Bötzow Brewery into a new "public destination." Located near the city's Alexanderplatz, the 24,000-square-meter industrial site was first home to the Bötzow Brewery in 1885, before being severely damaged during World War II.

With the new masterplan, Chipperfield plans to restore the surviving 19th-century structures and added three new buildings - all centered around a public plaza - to provide space for a brewery, art gallery, restaurants, medical innovation center, boutique hotel and more. Construction is expected to complete in 2019.

© Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects
© Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects

From the architects: Following severe destruction during World War II, the site was never rebuilt. From its very beginning more than 150 years ago, the Bötzow family attached great importance to running a modern brewery and a pleasant working environment. The architecture of the site always reflected these values, incorporating a public beer garden next to industrial buildings which formed a central square. The masterplan aims to perpetuate the singularity of this location. It creates a new identity for the 24,000 m² site and transforms Bötzow Berlin into a new public destination within the city.

© Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects
© Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects

The existing buildings will be restored and three new volumes will extend the ensemble, making reference in their location to the earlier buildings. The brewery grounds will be reconnected to the city. Following its historic example, the grounds will accommodate two new external public locations. The site presents itself to the city with a spacious and inviting beer garden. Alongside this, the new and historic buildings define a central square, which embodies the new representative address for Bötzow Berlin, providing access to all buildings within the grounds. The natural topography of the sloping site creates a charming and inviting spatial sequence from the street through the beer garden up to the square. Around 6,000 m2 of historic vaults form the foundations of the site. These will be linked at selected points with the aboveground world, while the mysterious atmosphere of the vaults remains preserved.

© Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects
© Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects
© Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects
© Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects

The medical technology company Ottobock continues the tradition of the brewery through combining once again entrepreneurship with leisure in Bötzow Berlin. Ottobock Future Lab, which will be built on the brewery grounds, is the company’s second location in the city. This innovation centre represents an important component of the programme and will become a central address on the Bötzow site. Alongside the Future Lab and a brewery with beer garden, Bötzow Berlin will house artisan food manufacturers, restaurants, a swimming club, a boutique hotel and a gallery as well as underground parking spaces.

© Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects
© Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "David Chipperfield to Restore Berlin's Bötzow Brewery" 29 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/779591/botzow-brewery-david-chipperfield-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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