With the potential threat of rising sea levels giving developers around the world a good reason to second guess ocean-adjacent construction, Adept Architecture in Denmark has created a stunning example of sustainable and reusable building design. The Braunstein Brewery Taphouse is located in the Danish city of Koege right along the harbor, though thanks to recyclable components, its lifespan doesn’t have to end should the area become unfit for business.
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Using a series of mechanical joints made from click-joint polycarbonate, Copenhagen-based Adept Architecture was able to construct the entire taphouse so that it could be disassembled and rebuilt in a different location, or its parts could be used in another project. The building will serve as a home base for more than 15,000 annual visitors to the Braunstein micro-brewery but also as a center for the local community with a café, restaurant and event space. To further reduce resources, the taphouse features solar panels and natural ventilation.
Unfinished wood, steel and glass materials complement the industrial harbor theme in an elegant manner. The building’s most striking feature is its reflective glass facade, which gives guests the opportunity to look out upon the water as they sit. The grand windows extend from the floor to the ceiling, encompassing both levels and wrapping around the sides on the first floor. According to Adept Architecture, the building’s gables are inspired by the aesthetics of the surrounding industrial area around the harbor, which helps add to the general maritime vibe in the design.
Sustainability is highlighted not just in the concept of the design but in the construction as well. It features wooden floors laid with product waste from a neighboring flooring manufacturer, and the wood elements of the facade are made from long-lasting Accoya timber certified by Cradle2Cradle, FSC and Denmark-based Svanemaerket. The design also uses fewer materials to reduce construction waste.
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