An artisanal brewery in suburban fabric.
The Brasserie du Bouffay is a craft beer production company located in the hamlet of Monceaux, a few kilometers from the village of Carquefou. The plot the company currently occupies previously housed a forge, then a garage. The result is an interesting heterogeneous composition because
at the district level, consisting of hangars, yards, a small house and garages for rent, arranged around a courtyard in the heart of the block. The demand consists of optimizing the forward principle, and the creation of storage premises (cereals and barrels). The heart of the brewery (brews) remaining unchanged.
Our proposal is divided into 2 interventions:
- a first building fills the hollow tooth between the courtyard, the brewery and the adjoining boundaries of the bottom of the plot.
- the second, more important part, requires the demolition of 2 small buildings on the street. The project seeks the maximum of the authorized gauge, wedged between the line limit and the remaining buildings. A hollow gutter is arranged to manage the dangerous connections to the existing one.
How to treat an industrial building in a suburban fabric? How to reconcile desire for identification and duty of integration?
A large volume must be provided for functional necessity for the brewery. 6 m on the street front, 9 m at the ridge: the size is that of a beautiful 2-storey house with roof spaces. Line ridge is off-center towards the street to disturb perception of the thickness of the building and bring it closer to that of the neighboring houses.
In order to create additional ambiguity about the program and
a ladder game allowing its integration, a mast black metal cladding is chosen: with a massive presence in broad daylight, it disappears at night to reveal the luminous plays of its translucent polycarbonate piercings.
Rather than offering a generic industrial building flanked by advertisements, it is the construction itself that becomes the company's identification. Responding by its materiality to the graphic charter of the brewery, it becomes a signal, claiming its belonging and its own design, trace of an entrepreneurial history, example of a possible integration of an industry in a suburban hamlet. The new Bouffay brasserie becomes a familiar counterpoint to the surrounding pavilions.