These distilleries aren't just highly functional industrial facilities but have been designed keeping aesthetics in mind as manufacturers want to showcase unique manufacturing processes.
Architect: De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop
Project Location: Larenceburg, Kentucky
Project Date: 2013
This newest annex to an existing distillery overlooking the Kentucky River houses interactive exhibits, a gift shop, a tasting room, event venues, and administrative offices. The overall design intent is easily identifiable which was to create a duality in the design, to reflect the duality of its visitors of both long time bourbon fans and new fans. For example, the shape of the building is contextual to the proportions of its surrounding landscape and the regional vernacular being a simple common barn. However, the intricate chevron patterned cladding gives the simplicity a duality.
The overarching inside organization is built along a ramped promenade that terminates into the tasting room, where one can soak in the beautiful view of the Kentucky river.
Project Location: Gavle, Sweden
Project Date: 2011
This innocuous seeming industrial building houses sophisticated infrastructure and machinery in making spirits in a climate friendly way with the forces of gravity. The distilling process starts at the top and at the bottom, the finished result are stored in oak barrels. Staying true to this top to bottom effect, the building itself is organized this way as well.
From the outside, one can get a peek at this play of fun and craftsmanship through partial glazing on the facade. The glass facade tilts forward to make it more transparent from the ground so that passersby can get a better view as well as screen off solar heat radiation. The exterior malt silos and elevators are both wrapped in a lightweight steel structure to create a unity in material.
Architect: Philipp Mainzer
Project Location: Eigeltingen, South Germany
Project Date: 2010
This underground structure used to be an old mill but now lives inside a new distillery that welcomes guests with various tasting rooms and a showroom. Remnants of the old structure remain intact and can be felt through exposed concrete walls, complimented with simple wood furnishings and other industrial materials, inspired by their copper distillation machine, which one can say is that main "star" of this distillery. Asphalt flooring also takes minimal approach that blends in with the original environment.
Inside the tasting rooms, these original concrete walls are aligned with big bottles of spirits in them that sit anywhere between 3 months to 5 years, creating a soft and magical texture within the room.
Project Location: Lembach im Muhlkreis, Austria
Project Date: 2010
The shape of this building as well as the floor plan all derived from the site condition of sitting on a narrow valley and on a steep hillside. To reflect the surrounding context, the roof of this building is asymmetrical with the simplest of all, simple cladding of roughly sewn untreated timber.
Due to the narrow dip of the site, one enters this building on the 2nd floor where inside, a harmonious space for both distillery and living areas exist and at the top floor, one can enjoy the beautiful views from the secluded terrace.
Project Location: East London, United Kingdom
Project Date: 2016
This new space for a small distillery is completely adaptable. Like murphy beds, tables fold down from the wall creating more surface space to experiment with new concoctions and recipes and even host distilling classes and pop-up events.
The design aesthetic is simple and reflect this kit-of-parts program comprising of metal, wood, and cork. The simple materials are also meant to reflect the modern take on the brand's liquor.
Project Location: Seattle, Washington
Project Date: 2013
Built as an adaptive reuse inside an original 1918's timber warehouse, the architects aimed to create a distillery with visitor's experience in mind. Guests can experience and learn about the distilling processes while also learning about the brand, where the brand's identity is finely integrated into the design, living harmoniously with the rough materials such as timber and steel. While the ground level is for visitors, the mezzanine level is dedicated to house staff offices, above the state-of-the-art climate controlled QC lab.