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Superflux Beer Company brings good vibes around the clock.
Since Simcic and Uhrich Architects took on the design of Vancouver's Brassneck Brewery in 2018, theyve become the go-to team for tasting rooms across the city. We've kind of accidentally become brewery architects, laughs principal Bill Uhrich. But It's a fun sector to be in. So when given the chance to bring Superflux Beer Company's first tasting room to life, they were all inand eager to stray away from the recycled-barn-board, white-subway-tile vibe that defines many urban breweries.
As we developed the project, it became clear that what Superflux was looking for was something very, very different from your traditional tasting room, says Uhrich. The brewery is known for its innovative brewing process and cheeky branding, and the architects wanted the space to reflect a sense of mystery and surprise. That's achieved through an inconspicuous entryway that leads into the massive brewery facility. The actual tasting room is hidden in the heart of the building, explains Uhrich. It's a very immersive experience.
The tasting room itself is all about contrast, with warm woods and contemporary furnishings juxtaposed with the utilitarian manufacturing equipment. Giant perforated wood panels (featuring 81,000 hand-drilled holes) give a sense of separation from the tanks behind, while a curved bar and heightened seating allow patrons and bartenders to connect.
The East Vancouver brewery is blessed with both north- and south-facing windows, so the architects planned for a mood shift from day to night. In daylight, the brightness shows off subtle, natural colour variations in the stainless steel, concrete and Canadian ash. After sunset, dimmers bring out a golden quality in the wood, and the last slivers of sunshine make the space look almost church-like. The character changes from being this very light, bright open space to feeling very warm and nestled-in, says Uhrich. You could say every hour is happy hour.