The Brooklyn Brewery was planning on expanding into the newly renovated Building 77 in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, leasing 75,000 sf of space in the one million sf industrial warehouse. They planned to open a brewery on the ground floor, a beer garden on the roof, and offices on the 9th floor. The Brewery was also planning to expand its brewing operations at another location.
Spacesmith, as interior design and programming consultants, collaborated with Davis Brody Bond on the analysis and space planning report for both the Navy Yard and the new brewing facility. Using our proven methods of information gathering (observation, questionnaires, surveys, group sessions, and data analysis to gather both quantitative and qualitative information) we were able to provide a programming report that clearly delineates the Brewery’s organizational and facility requirements. Our comprehensive report and space needs summary helped the Brewery identify a site’s suitability, constraints, and opportunities and was used as the basis for the spatial test fits and space design.
Using the structure and history of Building 77 as a warehouse as a starting point the design team developed a design that was industrial in nature yet spoke to the brand of the Brooklyn Brewery; namely a down to earth, casual and educated brand. The retail space located on the ground level, in front of the brew house is off of the buildings food hall and functions as the visitor’s entry point into the brewery, whether they are checking in for a tour, purchasing a growler or heading up to the rooftop beer garden.
Visitors to the 9th floor office space are invited to wait by the casual communal bar and lunch area where they are invited to intermingle and enjoy themselves alongside Brooklyn Brewery employees. Likewise separate break rooms and showers were not planned for the brewing operations teams who would work on the ground level. They are encouraged to come up to the communal break area, showers, and desks with the rest of the Brewery Team in the 9th floor office space.
The rooftop and mezzanine host a variety of visitor experiences, the barrel room would be the last stop on a tour for a taste of barrel aged brews. The event spaces are available to private events of all sorts and the demonstration kitchen hosts food pairing events. The beer garden is the ultimate beer hall with an adjacent landscaped terrace with native coastal plants, hops and other plant species used in brewing. With a capacity for over 400 people, some of the best food and beer around, we see this as a much needed neighborhood and Brooklyn Navy Yard amenity.