David Chipperfield reveals £185 million masterplan for Berlin brewery

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David Chipperfield Architects has unveiled plans to refurbish a 19th-century brewery in Berlin, adding a trio of new buildings to house a gallery, restaurants and a medical innovation centre (+ slideshow).

Bötzow Brewery, Berlin by David Chipperfield

The former Bötzow Brewery near Berlin's Alexanderplatz was severely bomb-damaged during the second world war but never rebuilt. Chipperfield's Berlin office is working on a masterplan to repair the surviving industrial buildings on the 24,000-square-metre site and to add three new volumes.

Bötzow Brewery, Berlin by David Chipperfield

The buildings will surround a large public plaza in the centre of the site, which will reinstate access to the refurbished brewery and its beer garden.



"From its very beginning more than 150 years ago, the Bötzow family attached great importance to running a modern brewery and a pleasant working environment," said the studio.

Bötzow Brewery, Berlin by David Chipperfield

"The architecture of the site always reflected these values, incorporating a public beer garden next to industrial buildings which formed a central square."

The new buildings have arched openings that reference the historic vaults that form the foundations for the site.

Bötzow Brewery, Berlin by David Chipperfield

The original vaults will be exposed across the basement of the buildings and towards the street, which will be are linked with the plaza and beer garden by broad flights of steps.

"The natural topography of the sloping site creates a charming and inviting spatial sequence from the street through the beer garden up to the square," said the architects.

Bötzow Brewery, Berlin by David Chipperfield

Bötzow Brewery first opened in 1885 and continued production until 1949, despite damage to the premises. Since its closure the site has been used to host club nights, parties and exhibitions as well as film shoots.



Client Hans Georg Näder bought the bought the site in 2010 and is reportedly investing €250 million (£185 million) in its redevelopment.

Bötzow Brewery, Berlin by David Chipperfield
Model of Chipperfield's Bötzow Brewery masterplan

Näder is the owner of medical technology company Ottobock and will open the Future Lab innovation centre on the brewery grounds, creating the prosthetics company's second location in the city.

The site will also host restaurants, a boutique hotel, a swimming pool and an art gallery alongside a 200-space underground car park.

Bötzow Brewery, Berlin by David Chipperfield
Model of Chipperfield's Bötzow Brewery masterplan

The foundation stone for the new development was laid 2013 and work is set to complete in 2019.

The Bötzow Brewery masterplan is the latest in a string of cultural projects by David Chipperfield Architects in Berlin, including the restoration of the Neues Museum with Julian Harrap Architects in 2009, which won the 2011 Mies van der Rohe award.

The firm is also in the process of refurbishing Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie. The glass and steel building, which hosts a collection of 20th century European painting and sculpture, will be closed for several years while work takes place.


Project credits:

Architect: David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
Design: Christoph Felger
Project management: Harald Müller
Project architects: Ulrich Goertz, Peter von Matuschka
Renderings: David Chipperfield Architects, Reindeer Renderings for David Chipperfield Architects
Client: Bötzow Berlin

Bötzow Brewery, Berlin by David Chipperfield
Exploded axonometric diagram – click for larger image
Bötzow Brewery, Berlin by David Chipperfield
Site plan – click for larger image
Bötzow Brewery, Berlin by David Chipperfield
Elevation – click for larger image
  • Guest

    Dave always loved a pint. Must be a dream come true to work on a brewery.

  • Andrea M Giordano

    Yawnfest.

    • Thomas

      Go get some McDonald’s as you’re probably American and burgers are among your big interests. Berlin doesn’t need your American Gehry-type clown architecture. The world needs more Chipperfield-built projects.

      • Remi

        Nice, racist rant there by an ignorant person.

        • Thomas

          If you actually think racism has anything to do with nationality and not race – which you clearly do – then you should stop using the word that you clearly don’t understand the meaning of. “American” is not a race.

      • Germ

        Because German food is so much better.

        • Thomas

          Who has by far the biggest number of obese people? Germany or USA?

      • brooklyndesigner

        Yes. Nationalistic chest-pounding is the appropriate response to an opinion you disagree with.

        • Thomas

          The American person’s whole stated “opinion” that I replied to was “yawnfest”. Just to put things into perspective. Have you ever been to Berlin by the way?

          • brooklyndesigner

            How do you know Andrea is American? I’ve been to Berlin a few times. I’m actually going back in two weeks and very much looking forward to it.

          • Thomas

            Because only an American would use the term “yawnfest” and believe he/her is the coolest person on the Internet because of it.

      • fabian.kuenzel

        Thomas, I’m maybe the only one—but I got what you mean. I had the same thought on Andreas’ comment. And, it is always the same, the question ‘are you American’ is always understood as racist. I would really like to know where this comes from. We will probably never know.

  • tom von east

    Hi, this is nothing new. 200 km east there is a better project. Look at this “Old brewery – shopping center” in Poznan:
    http://www.starybrowar5050.com/o-starym-browarze/

    • Nat

      You cannot be serious?

  • Guest