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Brewers Co-Op by Katrina Goddard

With more than 93% of the Australian beer market controlled by the foreign owned companies Lion and Fosters, demand for craft beers is increasing out of a desire for greater variety and quality and as a medium for rebuilding local ties and identities. A reaction against the homogenising impacts of globalisation and corporatisation, the Brewers Co-Op provides spaces for both the brewing and consumption of craft beer and the preparation and enjoyment of local produce. The project involves the reuse of the agglomeration of buildings comprising the former Castlemaine Brewery in Newcastle West and is guided by the Anti-scrape philosophies of John Ruskin and William Morris. The process of selective demolition in combination with the positioning of new additions aims to open the buildings to the street, revealing the ‘back of house’ operations and its associated scents and sounds.