Client: Guinness Location: Dublin, Ireland Project Type: Commercial
This £30 million visitor experience brings to life one of the world’s most iconic brands. Its impressive design and unique features create the ultimate visitor experience and continue to excite and intrigue ensuring that visitors return time and time again.
Located in the heart of Dublin at St. James’ Gate Brewery is Ireland’s No. 1 international visitor attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. Since opening in 2000, the storehouse has attracted over 4 million visitors from all over the world.
The Storehouse is laid out over seven floors surrounding a glass atrium in the shape of a pint of Guinness. The ground floor introduces the beer’s four ingredients, water, barley, hops and yeast, as well as the brewery’s founder, Arthur Guinness.
In 2006, a new wing opened incorporating a live installation of the present day brewing process. The seventh floor houses the Gravity Bar where visitors may claim a complimentary pint of Guinness and enjoy the 360 degree views over Dublin City.
The design brief for this new wing centered on educating visitors about the making of Guinness from beginning to end by creating an exciting interactive experience.
Visitors to the Guinness Storehouse would appreciate the elaborate brewing process of Guinness and would get to know the ingredients that are mixed into the brewing beer. The ground floor would house the massive exhibit of water, barley, hops, and yeast – the famous four ingredients that make the perfect pint. The second floor is where visitors would learn about the process of brewing, where each stage of the process is illustrated using computer-generated images and a series of projected graphics.
SmartGlass International was able to provide a solution which would perfectly meet the design brief requirements for this new wing. LC SmartGlass acts as a rear projection screen where videos and imagery can be projected in high resolution when the glass is in its “Off” opaque state.
The LC SmartGlass is curved so that visitors can experience a 360° visualization of the process. Images of the brewing process are projected onto the curved LC SmartGlass panels from within to create an interactive display of imagery illustrating the brewing process from beginning to end.
LC SmartGlass is also used as part of the “keeve in the kettle” display where the internal workings of the copper kettle can be seen through the glass when in its clear state. The glass can then switch to its opaque state where video is projected onto the screen to display the history behind the copper kettle and its role in the production of Guinness.
The Guinness Storehouse truly is the home, heart and soul of Guinness.
SmartGlass International is honored to be part of this legendary project, one that is famous the world over.