Studio Luz Architecture and Urban Design

Harpoon Brewery Visitor’s Center

SEAPORT DISTRICT, BOSTON, MA

New beer hall and visitor’s center
Completion: 2013

Project Overview

Encompassing a beer hall, touring area, retail outlet, and event hall. The Harpoon Brewery Visitors Center transforms the industrial brewery setting into an inviting, multi-faceted gathering space.

Project Team

Hansy Better Barraza
Anthony J. Piermarini
Amit S. Oza
Andrew Manahan

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing
& Fire Protection Engineer

Norian / Siani Engineering Inc.

Electrical Engineer

Verne G. Norman Associates, Inc.

Structural Engineer:

Structures Workshop

Code Consulting

Hal Cutler, P.E.

Kitchen Consulting

Tri-Mark USA

AV Consulting

Simply Works

Construction

Cafco Construction Management, Inc

Photography

John Horner

DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT

BEER HALL, EVENT SPACE & MORE

Flexibility was a core principle during the design process. The public beer hall can be divided into a private event room by closing a large, bi-fold door.

SALVAGED MATERIALS

RECLAIMED OAK & SALVAGED BUTTERNUT

Bars and tables are topped with salvaged live-edge Vermont butternut, while the floors are made from reclaimed oak planks.

CELEBRATING THE BREWING PROCESS

INSIDER-EXPERIENCE

Exposed pipework, stainless steel storage vats, and bottling lines create an insider-experience for guests taking tours, enjoying a pint at the main bar, or filling a growler at an array of taps.
View of Beer Hall
Location Map
Harpoon Brewery Visitor Center Entrance
Harpoon Brewery - Beer Hall - Long View
Concept and Frowler Station Assembly Diagram
Harpoon Brewery - Function Room with People
Harpoon Brewery Function Room
Harpoon Brewery Crown Bottle Display
Harpoon Brewery Bottle Wall Detail
Harpoon Brewery Center Bar
Harpoon Brewery Bathroom with View of City
Door Detail
Harpoon Brewery Visitor Center Entry
Long Bar View
Harpoon Brewery Visitor Center - Plan
Harpoon Brewery Visitor Center - Retail Shop

About the Beer Hall

In the Seaport District

The Harpoon Brewery Visitors Center encompasses a beer hall, touring area, retail outlet, and event hall with panoramic views of the city of Boston. The space invites visitors to observe the brewing process while simultaneously creating a warm and dynamic community gathering space. An expansive bar in the main hall creates a focal gathering point. By closing a large, bi-fold door, a private event room emerges off the main hall. Finishes and lighting speak to Harpoon’s New England pedigree. Bars and tables are topped with salvaged live-edge Vermont butternut, while the floors are made from reclaimed oak planks. Glass walls in the interior let visitors in on the many processes that go into crafting beer. Stainless steel exposed pipework, storage vats, and bottling lines animate the insider experience for visitors waiting for tours and for guests just enjoying a drink at the main bar, or filling a growler at an array of taps.

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