Brewing sake is a linear process, and sequential layout of spaces greatly contributes to its efficiency. From a visitor’s perspective, a linear spatial sequence can tell the story of sake brewing by itself, allowing for enjoyable self-guided tours.
All sequences in the proposed brewery obey the pull of gravity. Raw resources are lifted to the top of the building and then travel down through a conveyor belt of machines and processes, becoming sake of the highest grade. Like rice and water, visitors spiral down a sequence of galleries, passages, and staircases that allow them to engage with every brewing space in a storyline progression before reaching tasting rooms and a gift shop on the street level. Engagement with brewing spaces on the way immerses guests in the world of smells and sounds associated with the sake tradition.