Our design for the 17th Avenue Brewery began with a study of the commercial typologies along 17th Avenue SW. Despite the fact that this corridor is one of Calgary’s most visited destinations, it was apparent that there was very little if any interaction between the building frontages and the street.
Our first move was to indent the front façade such that an ‘eddy’ was formed, creating a public place to congregate and relax. We then pulled the sidewalk into the building via a ramp that blurs that which is exterior from the interior.
Our second move was to reverberate the street life throughout the building. We accomplished this by cantilevering the second storey out over the sidewalk, then opened the entire façade with retractable glass to facilitate interaction between patrons and the street below. Towards the rear of the building we exploit yet another instance of reverberation in the form of a three-storey light well that proxies the street life by way of light, ventilation and spectacle in the form of a suspended tree.