There is no shortage of hip, avant-garde hangout spots in beautiful Barcelona, but Jean Nouvel's classic renovation of Moritz's subterranean brewery has attracted quite the crowd. New glass inserts and contemporary furniture juxtapose the existing 19th century stone infrastructure and meticulously-kept brass brew tanks, creating a warm ambience that is virtually unparalleled in this culturally-rich city.
The original Moritz Brewery was launched by a Catalan brewmaster in 1856. It shut down for 26 years before it was re-opened in 2004. Although the brewery’s main operations take place in Zaragoza, the Ronda de Sant Antoni location houses a boutique subterranean brewery and a long tin bar, along with a new museum and restaurant. Large skylights pump daylight indoors.
Taking excellent care to preserve the brewery’s antique brass equipment while still making them accessible to the public, Nouvel placed the shiny tanks behind glass walls adjacent to a tall vertical garden. This happy accident adds to the brewery’s mystique, but it also creates a lovely micro-climate. Thanks to Nouvel’s signature flair, Moritz has become as much a historical gem as it is a sweet spot to drink good beer.
all images taken from the Fabrica Moritz flickr page