Perth’s Northbridge Brewing Company, a 12 hectolitre microbrewery, has been awarded the National Building Design of the year Award at the annual National Building Design Awards.

The brainchild of local Perth design firm, d4 Designs, the venue was recognised for creatively complementing the bustling activity of the Northbridge Piazza while providing a welcoming environment for people of all ages.

With a greenhouse-look environment, the micro-brewery acts as the focal point of the venue both inside and outside the building. The two glass towers house the micro-brewery also mark the entrance to building, meaning that patrons get to walk directly through the fully operational brewery before entering the venue.

Chair of the judging panel, Steven Claridge said that the brief for the complex project was to activate the northern end of the Northbridge Piazza entertainment district.

“The open air bar brings a refreshing and sophisticated element, creating a relaxed and welcoming space for local Northbridge residents and interstate travellers,” said Claridge.

“Visually, the venue responds perfectly and respectfully to the site, giving the interior a robust industrial aesthetic with superb interplay between form, function and the patrons.”

In addition to the Design of the Year award, the project was also awarded Best New/Alteration/Addition Commercial Design and Best New/Alteration/Addition Industrial Design at the awards.

Douglas Paton, director of d4 designs said that the site’s industrial history inspired the use of rich industrial materials such as glass, steel copper, raw concrete and recycled bricks.

Our objective was to incorporate the natural surroundings of the brewery and provide a relaxed backdrop for the public to explore,” said Paton.

“This is an impressive and bold design, and we’re proud to have been part of a project that will give a great deal back to the local Northbridge community.”


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