CATEGORY II OPEN: 3rd PLACE
Canopy: Georgetown Chocolate Factory




TITLE

Canopy: Georgetown Chocolate Factory



STUDENT  

Matthew Fuhr
University of Washington



FACULTY SPONSOR  

Elizabeth Golden
University of Washington


DESCRIPTION   Manufacturing is once again having a resurgence in the city of Seattle. The industrious Georgetown neighborhood has seen an influx of new startups occupying the existing 1900’s masonry warehouses and factories. This project stitches the past and present together by introducing a new structure into the existing infill site of the old icehouse. With the local eco conscious Theo Chocolates as the intended tenant the new factory provides both a place for efficient production and community interaction.  

A light structure of steel, wood, and glass creates a canopy that sits delicately over the site allowing exterior spaces to be sheltered from the elements and for flexibility of factory program elements below. A cafe and sampling room occupy the 1st level of the existing wall fragment which provides activity and life to the street. This West facing facade is human and neighborhood scaled while the East facade is automobile and regional scaled. Overall, this proposed contemporary factory fits into the grunge and grit of the Georgetown neighborhood while having a northwest regionalist aesthetic that represents Theo Chocolates as a brand.