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The Bötzow Brewery project in Berlin is the subject of a building study in the latest issue of the Architects’ Journal. Architecture editor Rob Wilson spoke to Thomas Benk, associate at David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, about the practice’s ‘do less, add less’ approach to the restoration and conversion of the seven historic buildings, the last three of which have recently been completed. He writes that “what appears at first sight as a light-touch aesthetic is indicative rather of an increasingly sophisticated and forensic approach to retrofit at the core of DCA’s practice.” The final phase of the masterplan will add four new buildings that will include the more public-facing components, embedding Bötzow Brewery in the city once more.

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