Jan. 1st Welcome 2013!

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Studio Luz Architects is 10 years old! This is certainly a milestone for us and we are very grateful to all those we have worked with through the years. Looking back over 10 years it is rewarding to see how many people we have collaborated with and helped us successfully complete so much work. Thank you for the privilege!

This past year, we began new relationships that have proven to be inspiring. It began with a great project for the Harpoon Brewery Visitor’s Center. We are very proud of the work we did with the Harpoon team, they have certainly lived up to their moniker that “beer is best enjoyed among friends” and we are glad to have made some new ones in Harpoon. Throughout the process we worked closely with Cafco Construction to complete the new Beer Hall on the South Boston waterfront and are proud to say that the venue is scheduled to open early in 2013. Congratulations to the entire design, construction and Harpoon team! Cheers!

We have much to look forward to in 2013, including projects under way and new clients that we will certainly enjoy working with. We would like to specifically thank our friends in Liverpool UK, for inviting us to their home and allowing us to design for their growing family. Another project underway is a new sustainable ground up residence in Jamaica Plain, where we are making a cozy building nestled into the garden. This will be a great hidden gem. Following up on previous projects, our recently completed Leather District Loft was just written up by Cheryl Weber in Residential Architect and will also be featured in the forthcoming Boston Magazine for the Spring of 2013. Developing these relationships with our residential clients is truly rewarding.

A big, big, big, congratulations to Principal Hansy Better Barraza for the release of her book “Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange”. She has worked tirelessly to develop this project with Gloria Kury of Periscope Ltd. and distribution by Prestel Press. Look for or request your copy from your local bookseller. You can also order online.

There is nothing more rewarding than the work we do, as it brings together so many people to make for better spaces, better buildings and ultimately better experiences. Thanks to everyone we have worked with and we send our best wishes for peace, health and happiness.

Aug. 5th Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall & Visitors Center begins construction!

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Location Diagram

Studio Luz Architects is pleased to announce that construction has begun for a new beer hall and visitors center at Harpoon Brewery. It is our privilege to be working with the brewery who has Commonwealth of MA Brewing License #1.  We have a great team member in CAFCO Construction Management who is heading up all the construction on the project. The new beer hall is located on Northern Avenue in the Innovation District section of Boston. The design takes advantage of its location by providing views to the Boston skyline and into the existing production area.

Rendering of Beer Hall

Given the industrial setting of a brewery, featuring an abundance of stainless steel, pipework, storage vats, bottling lines and other automated mechanical processes, the visitor center adopts more natural materials and humanizes the experience of the facility.  All finishes and lighting are selected and designed to enhance the warm, authentic character of the space. Floors are a reclaimed wide plank antique oak. Bartops and tables are salvaged live edge Vermont butternut, so that the natural deformations and imperfections of the materials add to the tactile experience of the bar.  Communal tables are also made from this wood, unifying the beer hall space.

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Tour Experience Diagram

The new space is planned to allow for simultaneous uses as a beer hall, touring area, retail outlet and function hall. Service areas and bars are strategically placed to lead visitors to their desired destinations and reveal the full experience of Harpoon beer, from production to consumption. A centralized main bar serves as a social center as well as a separation between those waiting for tours and those enjoying drink in main beer hall. The project challenges distinct boundaries in service of creating more opportunities for social encounters. The function room is open to the main beer hall with; a large dramatic bi-folding overhead door used to create privacy. The retail area features a custom growler filling station with 24 different types of fresh beer available. We will be posting construction images so stay tuned! For more information, visit our website.