rmer’s Market Competition 3rd Prize Winner

Urban Agriculture. Beer Hops Farm – Brewerymarket

Farmer’s Market Competition 3rd Prize Winner


Author: Lorene Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui



This urban agricultural proposal is a ‘Beer Hops Farm Brewerymarket’ that aims to create a new place for the exchange of goods and service in the historic Highland Square district of West Highlands neighborhood. The Brewerymarket’s main entrance is on West 32 Avenue, enroute to Downtown Denver where the annual American Beer Festival at the Colorado Convention Center is held. The building acts as a ‘reception’ to the global events of Denver and strengthens West Highland neighborhood’s local identity through an innovative year round programming including hop plant farming, beer making, and providing flexible vending market spaces with a community events venue for arts and music performances.

Architectural interpretations

Hop plant (Humulus Lupulus) is vigorous climbing vegetation and hops are used primarily as an important flavoring and stability agent in the beer making process. The proposal creates the sensual experience of a vibrant ‘garden’ where the hops are farmed on hop poles to create the building’s main green facade. The adjustable assembly systems of the modular vending bins are inspired from the natural material properties of hop pods.

Artistic inspiration from nature: Water collection retractable roof membrane

The transparent foldable PVC roof canopy acts as a condenser for reclaiming water for storage that is then used in the brewery and watering for the beer hops farm facade.

The technique for this lightweight system is simple and its cost of maintenance is low.

The folding geometry of the roof canopy takes inspiration from a plant and maximizes its surface area for heat exchange. It dissipates its heat at night and allows for the condensation of water vapor from the air, as well as directing rain water to the white funnels that channels water down to the brewery at low level.