Proposal for a teaching brewery in San Diego with arches guiding the building form. The brewery is positioned against a cliff face, with the arches emerging from the slope.
The arches both support the shell roof and suspend lower floors, eliminating the need for columns and creating flexible programmatic space.
Arch windows superimposed on the building shell reveal interior program. The arch is both structure and aperture.
The second floor entertainment space was selected for a climate, daylight, and thermal analysis, with the shell apertures optimized for the desired useful daylight illuminance of 100-2000 lux.
The apertures in the concrete shell superimpose arches of light on the entertainment floor: a dichotomy of the monolithic and the ephemeral.