Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House – Relay, MD
As the first Guinness brewery on U.S. soil since 1954, the space takes up a massive 62 acres of land, fittingly, on a former beverage manufacturing site.
Diageo, Guinness’s parent company, picked architect Design Collective and general contractor Plano Coudon Construction to build the new taproom and brewery out of the old Seagram’s distillery in Relay, MD.
“Our new brewery in Baltimore will share the spirit of exploration and discovery of its sister brewery in Dublin, hence the name. However, the new brewery will also be a center of exploration and innovation in barrel-aging, as a nod not only to the site’s heritage as a distillery (the visitor center is being built in an old barrel rickhouse) but also to the long tradition Guinness has of aging beer in wood.”
The exterior of the building is clad in reSAWN’s NIGIRI – shou sugi ban charred Accoya wood. NIGIRI can be used for interior or exterior wall cladding. It touches on the growing shift towards sustainably focused wood siding materials that weather naturally in place. NIGIRI is finished with a grey top coat that is specifically designed to minimize the aesthetic impacts of Accoya’s natural weathering to grey. reSAWN’s award-winning charring technique adds depth and dimension to Accoya’s natural grain pattern.
Design Collective is an award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm with a diverse portfolio of successful projects throughout the United States and abroad. The firm offers expertise and national leadership in the disciplines of architecture, planning, urban design, landscape architecture, interior design, and sustainability, ensuring comprehensive design solutions.