jean nouvel: fabrica moritz barcelona
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jul 11, 2012
jean nouvel: fabrica moritz barcelona

‘fabrica moritz brewery’ by jean nouvel, barcelona, spain
image © pierre clemencon

the restoration of a 19th century brewery in barcelona would both convert the dilapidating building into a material representation of its
historical significance, and create a community treasure centered around design, cuisine and culture. leading the renovation,
french architect jean nouvel worked hand in hand with CEO albert castello, and jordi vila, director of gastronomy. the companies priorities
wanted to modernize the structure while maintaining moritz’s essence and expose the unique industrial vestiges of its era, namely the
brickwork, vaulted concrete cellars and floor mosaics. although decommissioned as the principle brewing establishment, the construct
has been repurposed to encompass a venue for the public.

once a massive gray wall, the entrance is now greeted by a vertical garden created by parisian botanist patrick blanc. an outdoor staircase
leads to the entry on the second floor which contains an outdoor terrace, museum, a gastronomical hall and workshop. at street level
is the ‘M’ store, a wine bar with over 400 types, the moritz bar, water tanks, and of course a microbrewery capable of producing 60
hectoliters of unpasteurized beer per year. the subterranean fermentation halls have become the new cultural center; a restaurant
and kitchen sit next to sala 39 (room 39), a large multi-use exhibition area adaptable for expositions, meeting rooms and
performances for large or small audiences.

geo coordinates: 41° 22′ 57” ,  2° 09′ 48”

entrance terrace
image © pierre clemencon

the architect refrains from direct modification, instead maintaining the newly formed dichotomy between the intervening
elements and highlighting the existing features through the use of light and transparency. the 150-year-old masonry walls and
columns have been left intact while subtle splints of steel provide the necessary support. a lustrous transparent resin coats
the existing floor, preserving the antique tile patterns. a playful
arrangement of mirrors have been placed throughout the central volumes
to reflect light, a tactic used during the industrial years of the
1800’s. a relationship between old and new exists amongst the concrete,
glass and brick present throughout the scope of the project. installed
concrete beams expose the wear of the original pillars. slender
reflective columns assist the black iron girders. in some cases, glass
has been used to transparently preserve elements, helping to
transform the construction into an observable experiential object.

geo coordinates: 41° 22′ 57” ,  2° 9′ 48”

image © albert marin

upper level entry
image © pierre clemencon

image © albert marin

image © pierre clemencon

image © pierre clemencon

image © pierre clemencon

interior mirrors
image © albert marin

water tanks and bar
image © pierre clemencon

vaulted mezzanine originally used for fermentation
image © albert marin

fermentation rooms and tanks
image © pierre clemencon

image © pierre clemencon

service corridor
image © albert marin

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