A Modern Forest: Inside The Knickerbocker | New Holland Brewing

Grand Rapids loves its beer and breweries and this past week welcomed The Knickerbocker by New Holland Brewery to the mix. Located on the city's West Side, the space has been creating quite a buzz around town. Of particular interest is the Indoor Beer Hall which features 30' tree trunks and a 'branch-like canopy' suspended high above at the top of the two-story structure. If you had a chance to check out this design and engineering feat in person, here is your look behind the scenes at just what went into creating this unique feature!

Architect's Initial Concept

Architect's Initial Concept

   

Early renderings as Studio Wise begins to translate this concept into a design.

 

Plotting, Planning & Getting down to details  

Plotting, planning & getting down to details. Plywood carcasses formed from CNC cut parts created the structures on which finish materials would be mounted.

See that person? Yea, these things are going to be big!  

See that person? Yea, these things are going to be big!

 


Some Fun Facts...

- 25 Branches total
- Over 27' long
- Varying diameters from 6-18"
- 52 sheets of plywood
- Over 28 miles! of twine and rope

- 5 trunks total
- 3--32' tall and 7' wide
- 2--30' tall and 6' wide
- 42 sheets of plywood
- 100 sheets of MDF


 

How does one go about wrapping 28 miles of twine? Watch this...

 
Building trees... now we understand why it takes mother nature so long.

Building trees... now we understand why it takes mother nature so long.

Design really is in the details

Design really is in the details

 

Let's get these parts and pieces in place!

 

Now that's what we call the perfect place to enjoy a beer. Cheers!