THE ST. LOUIS EXPERIMENT \ LEMP BREWERY
lemp brewery, st. louis, mo. \\ fall 2011 \ partnered with tyler stephens, stefan young, + michael murphy
Lemp Brewery was a beer brewing company established in 1840 just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. The complex consists of 27 buildings spread out over a 13.5 acre site in the Soulard neighborhood.
After the Prohibition in 1919, Lemp was unable to continue its operations. In 1920 the brewery's factory complex was sold. In 1922 the complex was sold to to the International Shoe Company which occupied the property until the 1980s.
Since the 80s, the buildings have been partially occupied by various tenants ranging from light industry, commercial, warehousing uses, office space, and artist studios.
Our project consisted of designing a masterplan to redevelop the 27 building complex into a dense, new urban center including major proposals such as a continuation of the metra train line, re-introduction of roads through the site, a major pedestrian walkway connecting the site and imposing a new landscape grid.
master planning strategies
my personal design: the urban farm
I focused on the re-purposing of a very large existing building centrally located in the center of the property. Since the first floor area was so deep, I chose to cut a courtyard into the middle of the building to allow for a great deal of natural light to cut into the building. On the outer edges, I removed the windows and doors on the main level and created a set-back facade so create a covered walkway. The building itself holds a cafe, restaurant, retail shops, a grocery store, basement parking garage, access to the metra link, offices on the second floor and an urban farm. The farm consists of greenhouses and outdoor gardening on the roof, a water filtration system (rainwater + gray water conversion), and a third floor aquaponic system urban farm.