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Georgetown Brewing Company

Seattle, Washington

Georgetown Brewing Company

Seattle, Washington

  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig

Hot-rolled steel, bold graphics, and oversized sliding steel doors become the signature elements of the design in this transformation of a nondescript warehouse building into the new tasting room and brewery for Seattle’s Georgetown Brewing Company.

Taking a cue from the no-nonsense attitude of industrial buildings, two concrete corner panels of this tilt-up structure were removed with sliding steel panels taking their place. When open, the re-entrant corner serves as a dramatic entry to the tasting room. A lone beam cantilevers out ten feet to support the brewery’s logo. The sliding steel doors not only complement the building’s industrial character, but also function as a large billboard to passerby.

Inside the tasting room, the original steel and concrete ceiling was uncovered and left exposed. Customers can view the action of the brewery through a glass wall inside the tasting room. Local fabricators built the bartop with wood salvaged from the old Rainier Brewery. The vestiges of a loading dock shack still remain as an homage to the building’s utilitarian and mutable history.

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