‘laverstoke mill distillery’ by heatherwick studio, hampshire, england
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lovers of bombay sapphire will soon be able to visit their new state-of-the-art distillery located in the renovated laverstoke paper mill in hampshire- a design carried out by renowned practice heatherwick studio to be opened in 2014. the new design will expose each step of the process in making the world famous gin, with a strong emphasis on the sustainability of not only the distilling process but the structure as well.


working closely with the carbon trust, the structure features an integrated system of photovoltaic cells, heat recovery from the distillery, a biomass boiler that recycles the spent botanicals, and energy-producing water turbines. at the exterior, sinuous steel purlins emerge from square openings in the historic brick facade like a web of tendrils framing curved glass panels. one, a lush green house, the other, a dry temperate- both housing a variety of 10 different botanicals used in the process. the river running through the mill will be widened and restored, reactivating more than 40 individual buildings that make up the campus, transforming the derelict industrial zone into a user friendly experience that champions the international drink.

internal view of the greenhouse structure
image © heatherwick studio

image © heatherwick studio