Aline Architecture Concepts took on the challenge of transforming a former yellow suit shop in Phoenix into a modern brewery without creating the waste that normally accompanies the typical demolition and reconstruction of buildings.
The result is Roses By the Stairs, which specializes in “spontaneous and seasonal” farmhouse ales, according to owner Jordan Ham. Located at 509 West McDowell Road, the site housed Easley’s Fun Shop for over 70 years.
“Jordan and our team wanted to design something that perfectly captures the spirit of the community and our values to repurpose existing structures to give them new life,” said Brian Laubenthal, director of Aline Architecture Concept. “The space was perfect for an adaptive reuse project and it’s exciting that we were able to create a beautiful brewery out of the bones of the pre-engineered metal building.”
Roses by the Stairs is a sustainable design as it used a minimalist approach to reuse as much of the building as possible with as few new materials and resources as possible. The existing building has been updated to reduce utility requirements. The building was re-insulated, existing skylights were replaced with insulated skylights, lighting was updated with energy efficient LED lighting and low flow plumbing fixtures.
“It is always important for us to consider natural light. We want to limit artificial light requirements, so we created a new glazed entry area and a glazed garage door that connects the space to the patio,” said Laubenthal. “One of the existing features we loved about the space were the skylights, but they were thin old plastic, dirty and leaking. We replaced them with new insulated skylights that help brighten up the space. without leaks and heat seeping in.
The interior design of the brewery also incorporates tables made from recycled pallets and chairs made from recycled skateboards. Ham wanted to design his brewery with the environment in mind.
“When I started Roses by the Stairs, I wanted to create a business and a brewery that would have a positive impact,” he said. “We wanted to start a brewery that was environmentally conscious and concerned about climate change. One of the best ways to show we’re a brewery that cares is to create a sustainable space.
Laubenthal said this shared commitment to sustainability was why it was so important for Aline to collaborate with Ham on the design.
“Jordan and Roses by the Stairs share the same principles as us, which is why it was such a privilege to work with them,” said Laubenthal. “They have a strong commitment to being sustainable, supporting the local community, helping non-profit organizations and protecting the environment. It is a company that cares about its local community.
The brewery is committed to donating 1% of its income to the “1% For the Planet” association and 1% of its income to local associations.