Master of Architecture
Process massing is a design thesis that focuses on the transformation of rural, industrial architecture when located in an urban context. The term “process massing” is one that describes a way of generating architectural form with the goal of making production processes legible. As smaller industrial operations make their way back into American cities, industrial architecture is becoming ever more culturally valuable. Through geometry and surface, this project refines and makes visible the complex interaction of programmatic and site processes. Process massing allows industrial architecture to move beyond a rural, vernacular form of expression of production into a new spatialized representation and understanding of the processes of production and its urban site. The project is a micro-distillery for craft bourbons in Louisville, Kentucky. A program that was chosen for its deep industrial roots in the area. Bourbon distilling has a very particular linear process for production as well as specific criteria for environmental controls. Wedged between the Ohio River and the city’s flood wall on the western edge of downtown, major processes on the site are determined by the fluctuating height of the river waters and access through the flood wall. The design engages the process-based methodology of Landscape Urbanism, though applied to buildings. The distillery expresses through architectural elements specific, dynamic relationships of program and site.