Kingway Brewery Renovation
Hu Kangyu

Kingway Brewery Renovation

Urbanus as Architects

URBANUS believes that preservation and regeneration of a historical industrial site not only can restore a place, but also a spirit. A city’s industrial heritage should not become merely another consumer product in the post-industrial age. Its rich memory and legacy should be rediscovered, highlighted and amplified so that it will take on a new life with productions of new ideas and infinite new possibilities. Thus, URBANUS proposes the novel concept of “making on-site” in the renovation of the brewery, making it a showcase of the city’s unique spirit while preserving its original architectural aesthetics, collective memory and intrinsic character of an era. 

                                                                                                                          - Yan Meng

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Hu Kangyu
photo_credit Hu Kangyu
Hu Kangyu

Kingway Brewery is located in Luohu, the downtown district of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, renowned for its early development. Kingway Beer has been the collective memory of Shenzheners, especially among the pioneers and migrants from all over China to pursue their dreams in this frontier city of China’s reform and opening-up. As Shenzhen proceeds with its radical urban development and industrial upgrade, shifting from traditional manufacturing to a smart economy, a substantial part of Kingway Brewery’s standing structures was demolished, leaving a rectilinear site of about 11,600 square meters vectoring north to south, marking the city’s industrial heritage, urban development and memories of past endeavors, glories and entrepreneurial pioneering spirit.

photo_credit Hu Kangyu
Hu Kangyu
photo_credit Hu Kangyu
Hu Kangyu

Following the notion “Space as Exhibition”, URBANUS started with the rediscovery and transformation of the spatial features of the site and renovated the remaining industrial structures and facilities with flexible and creative use of spatial interventions and integrations, leading to an out-of-the-ordinary spatial experience. It has effectively transformed Kingway Brewery into a public cultural platform of new urban life.

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Hu Kangyu
photo_credit Hu Kangyu
Hu Kangyu

The industrial architecture of Kingway Brewery provides a unique spatial experience,yet its remaining structures are scattered and unable to form a coherent spatial sequence. URBANUS applies the renovation strategies of integrating, plugging in, and intervening in the existing structures. The plinth which measured 1.65 meters above the street on the westbound and 3 meters on the east is utilized as a base by scooping out volumes, coalescing the originally scattered volumes to achieve a balance with its large-scale urban surroundings. The plinth becomes a unified exhibition platform of industrial architectures, with exterior exhibition spaces dotted theme gardens and an interior of excavated courtyards, pass-ways and recreation areas, creating a lineage of spatial narrative. The closed facade on the east side of the plinth has several entrances with various spatial orientations and characteristics. As result, a 266-meter-long street comes to life.

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Hu Kangyu
photo_credit Hu Kangyu
Hu Kangyu

The narrative of the new Kingway Brewery begins with the city square on the south end, moving past buildings A, B, C, D, and ends with another public square at the northern end. The observation tower, Building A, is a Mnemosyne landmark at the south entrance. It possesses an excellent vista from a distance and embodies the legacy of a demolished water tower on the southern square. 

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Hu Kangyu
photo_credit Hu Kangyu
Hu Kangyu
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TAL

The renovation also uncaps the sealed space of the wastewater pool of Building B and the aeration tank of Building C, peeling off the spotted tiles on the blunt concrete, and exposing the perpetual sphere of the industrial relic. The floor and stairs are covered with handcrafted flame-colored bricks. A 300-square-meter metal exhibition hall was constructed on top of Building B. The porous texture of foamed aluminum adds a harmonious finishing touch with the dominance of concrete. On the top of the aeration tank of Building C, the casted aluminum structure with the shimmering lighting is reminiscent of the rising golden bubbles of a beer. 

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TAL
photo_credit TAL
TAL

The excavation of a sedimentation tank between Building B and C exposed its 18-meter-diameter concrete shell, which has been transformed into a scenic garden with both ground and aerial walkways that allow visitors to take a stroll in the garden, peek through the heavy holes drilled into the concrete walls, discover the secret withheld by the garden and experience the spatial magic of an industrial relic. 

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TAL
photo_credit TAL
TAL
photo_credit TAL
TAL

Building D is the most symbolic industrial structure on site, with 33 white stainless steel fermentation tanks on the roof, protruding into the building like inversed cones hanging from the ceiling. Below are densely organized pike networks. With the renovation, D1 is transformed into a multi-functional auditorium. A two-story exhibition hall is added to the roof. Part of the tanks and pipelines is preserved in D2/D3 and the former production site is turned into a hustling bar.

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TAL

On the roof of Building D4, three tanks in the middle, each with a diameter of 7.5 meters, were removed to make space for an open-air theater surrounded by the high silos; natural light is let into the lower floor from above, making the space suitable for exhibitions and performances. Tiles and suspended ceilings were removed, and the inverted conical tanks with the unveiled concrete structures on the interior restore the industrial atmosphere. An aerial walkway is also built to connect all the remaining tanks. One of the removed tanks is laid down to become a portal to the cultivated memory on the rooftop of Building E. 

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TAL

Building D5 was once a four-story yeast recycling line. The first floor ceiling is partially cut off to allow a large stairway connecting the first and second floor, which serve as both display and resting areas. A steel structured box covered with red tiles is added to the roof of D5, which echoes with Building A in the south. Its floor-to-ceiling glass windows open to scenes of the mountain park and the city in the north. 

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Hu Kangyu

On December 10, 2022, the 9th Shenzhen-Hong Biennale (UABB) was held in the newly renovated Kingway Brewery, instantly making it ”the first and foremost” project of the biennale. Today, the urban center of Shenzhen is shifting westward, and Luohu District, once known for its service industry, is aspired for new prospect of growth and development. We hope that renovation project will preserve the memory and legacy of the city and transform traditional industrial complex into new living landmarks for converging culture and art.

photo_credit Hu Kangyu
Hu Kangyu

Team:

Architect: URBANUS

Client: Guangdong Yuehai Land Holdings Limited  

Principal Architect: Meng Yan

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Hu Kangyu

Building Renovation

Project Manager: Zhang Haijun (Design Development), Wendy Wu (Bidding)

Project Architect: Wen Ting (Design Development), Milutin Cerovic (Bidding)

Team: Ni Ruoning, Cheng Zhidi, Yuan Ruizhe, Dong Wenhan, Yue Ran, Lin Yanyu, Liao Guotong (Design Development) | Zheng Zhi, Yue Ran (Bidding) | Li Rui, Rachael H Gaydos, Huang Jingxian, Wang Yuchu, Lin Kan, Gao Qingyue, Chen Yining, Zhang Chengjie, Zhou Jie (Internship)

Landscape Design | Project Architect: Zhang Xuejuan | Project Manager: Li Guanda | Team: Zhu Jiangchen, Gao Yufeng

Research & Curation

Curation Team: Wendy Wu (Director) | Wu Siying, Liu Yuxin (Execution) | Wang Qinxue (Bidding, Development, Execution) | Mo Sifei, Zhu Hongrui (Bidding) | Song Yu, Peng Yuanlu (Internship) 

UABB Relative Exhibitions

Making On Site UABB Permanent Section
Academic Consultant: Yan Meng 
Curator: Wendy Ran Wu 
Curation Team: Neill Mclean Gaddes (SANS), Siying Wu, Yuxin Liu 
Visual Design: noynoy

Remaking Factory: The Design archive of the Kingway Brewery’s regeneration
Project Manager: Zhang Haijun
Curation and Exhibition Design: Yuan Ruizhe, Dong Wenhan, Wang Qinxue | Peng Yuxin (Technical Support)

MOS Methodology Exhibition
Research & Design Team: Wendy Wu, Siying Wu, Ruixin Yang, Neill Mclean Gaddes (SANS)

Cast-aluminum Installation 
Design Team: Wen Ting, Zhang Haijun, Sun Pengcheng, Yuan Ruizhe, Ni Ruoning, Lin Kan, Gao Qingyue

“Space/Time Agency” Exhibition
“Cosmic Cities” of “ Cosmologic Dialogue” Section
Exhibitor: Meng Yan × Li Rui
Curation and Exhibition Design: Li Rui | Ding Xiao, Dong Wenhan | Meng Chuwei (Individual artist)

(LDI) Structure/ MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) Collaborator: China Academy of Building Research
Interior Design: Studio 10 Co., Ltd. / Shenzhen Jiusi Interior Design Co., Ltd.
Technical Support and Construction of Cast-aluminum Installation: RoboticPlus.AI 
Curtain Wall Design: TUANHOOC
Graphic Design: SURE Design
Lighting Design: zdp (z design & planning)
Lighting Design for “Space/Time Agency” Exhibition: JODU
Sponsor in Light: Shanghai KEEY Group Co., Ltd.

Photos: ©UABB ©GDH (before renovation) ©URBANUS
Photographers: Hu Kangyu, TAL, Zhang Chao (before renovation), URBANUS

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