“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”
Cēsis Brewery was built in 1878 as a part of the newly constructed Cēsis castle park. Its buildings represent industrial heritage of the 18th, 19th and 20th century. Abandoned by its owners at the turn of the millennium, IES became its owners with the goal of reanimating the symbol of Cēsis.
Rebirth of the Brewery is a celebration of its transformation throughout time and space. The concept which is created in cooperation with Latvian architects Andra Odumāne and Austris Mailītis resonates with the idea of "slow architecture" taking place gradually and originally with reconstruction itself becoming a public event.
The main architectural image of the concept is scaffolding (an exposed wooden frame). Acting both as a tool and a symbol, it will reinvigorate the theme of the day, be it a ballet performance on a late summer evening against the backdrop of the summer park or a science exhibition in a dreary autumn morning.
The architecture vision proposes three development phases. The first phase includes reorganising the part of the complex near Cēsis Castle Square. The second phase is conservation of the architecturally valuable parts of the brewery. And the third phase - construction of new structures and public spaces.
The cultural landmark will not be closed off by red ropes in solemn remembrance of the past, but rather an active and transforming celebration of present and our journey into the future.