Grand Rapids loves its beer and breweries and this past week welcomed The Knickerbocker by New Holland Brewery to the mix. Located on the city's West Side, the space has been creating quite a buzz around town. Of particular interest is the Indoor Beer Hall which features 30' tree trunks and a 'branch-like canopy' suspended high above at the top of the two-story structure. If you had a chance to check out this design and engineering feat in person, here is your look behind the scenes at just what went into creating this unique feature!
Early renderings as Studio Wise begins to translate this concept into a design.
Plotting, planning & getting down to details. Plywood carcasses formed from CNC cut parts created the structures on which finish materials would be mounted.
Some Fun Facts...
- 25 Branches total
- Over 27' long
- Varying diameters from 6-18"
- 52 sheets of plywood
- Over 28 miles! of twine and rope
- 5 trunks total
- 3--32' tall and 7' wide
- 2--30' tall and 6' wide
- 42 sheets of plywood
- 100 sheets of MDF
How does one go about wrapping 28 miles of twine? Watch this...
Let's get these parts and pieces in place!
Now that's what we call the perfect place to enjoy a beer. Cheers!