Hemingway's Brewery Cairns
Wolveridge Architects
Cairns, QLD, Australia

Photography Derek Swalwell
Project Specification
Project Name: Hemingway's Brewery Cairns
Project Type: Commercial Hospitality ,
Location: Cairns, QLD, Australia
Area: 1285.87m2 ,
Project Year: 2018 ,
Photographer: Derek Swalwell
Builder: O’Farrell Building Contactors ,
Project Team: Jerry Wolveridge , Will Smart ,
Architects: Wolveridge Architects ,
Structural Engineer: Arup ,
Mechanical Engineer: Sequal ,
Hydraulic Engineer: Gilboy & Associates ,
Heritage Consultation: Converge ,
Lighting: Graylight ,
Hospitality: Bunzl ,
Location: Cairns, QLD, Australia ,

Contemporary architecture that pays homage to the great Australian past time of enjoying a few cold beers with your friends whilst surrounded by our beautiful natural environment.

The brief for the Hemmingway’s Brewery Cairns by Wolveridge Architects was for a contemporary craft Brewery, Bar, Providore & Restaurant to sit within Shed 2 at the Cairns Cruiseliner Terminal. The team at Wolveridge were excited to take on this heritage project as it provided a genuine opportunity to transform the social fabric of an truly stunning natural location.

Fit Out Techniques To Ensure That If The Brewery Ever Left The Site The Shed Could Be Returned To It’s Original.
Design Objects That Came To Define The Warehouse.

The existing ‘shed’ type structure had an iconic Australian heritage presence. This reminder of a bygone era in far north Queensland architecture became the design focus through which Wolveridge began to convert the space. The very nature of converting heritage buildings in Australia also provided architects Jerry Wolveridge and Will Smart with a complex series of challenges in terms of the construction & fit out techniques. The architects wanted to ensure that if the brewery ever left the site the shed could be returned to its original form.

For Example The Kind Of Trade That Characterized The Industry Of The Port.

This architectural project provided Wolveridge Architects with a genuine opportunity to transform the social fabric of an truly stunning natural location.

Grains, Sugar And Flour Were Stored In Sacks Piled Up As High As Possible Like Towers.

The Hemmingway’s Brewery project is also an exploration into how regional Australian history can inform the design response of an architectural team. Wolveridge used examples of the critically important port industry to define the interior aesthetic and pay tribute to the rich history of the area. Grains, sugar and flour were stored in sacks piled up as high as possible like towers and objects that came to define the warehouse, which became a driver of the cage like towers that define the various spaces within the shed.

High Level Contemporary Architecture And Interior Styling In Queensland.

The existing ‘shed’ type structure had an iconic Australian heritage presence.

Local Australian Commercial Architecture And Interior Design

Through the Hemmingway’s Brewery Cairns project Wolveridge Architects have designed a hospitality hot spot that pays homage to the historical context of the area whilst respecting the heritage fabric of the existing building. The team at Wolveridge were able to achieve the seemingly impossible task of designing a trendy and contemporary night spot that also provides the general public with a comfortable place to enjoy a few cold beverages amongst friends.

Locally Designed Renovations And Alterations.

Wolveridge used examples of the critically important port industry to define the interior aesthetic and pay tribute to the rich history of the area.

Queensland Architectural Styling By Wolveridge Architects.
We Explored How The History Of The Wharf Can Inform The Design Response.
Which Became A Driver Of The Cage Like Towers That Define The Various Spaces Within The Shed.

A trendy and contemporary night spot that also provides the general public with a comfortable place to enjoy a few cold beverages amongst friends.

But Also Provided A Series Of Challenges In Terms Of The Construction.

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The Brief Was For A Craft Brewery, Bar, Providore & Restaurant.
The Existing ‘shed’ Has A Strong Heritage Presence Which Became A Driver In The Concepts.
To Sit Within Shed 2 At The Cairns Cruiseliner Terminal.

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Published: 20 December, 2018

Photography Credit:  Derek Swalwell
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