Size c. 700sq.m
Status Concept Design
Plus Architecture were asked to develop a design concept for a new craft distillery incorporating manufacture of the product and a destination visitor experience.
The new distillery is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, on a wooded hillside, facing south. The ambition behind the project is to embed the building amongst the natural landscape with a minimum of tree removal and a sensitive approach to carparking and other infrastructure. The building is designed around a sequential visitor experience highlighting every aspect of the distillation and production processes; from the foraging of herbs and botanicals in the adjacent forest, to the bottling and cooperage areas.
The building is embedded into the hillside on the lower level but seeks to rise up into the treetops at the upper level where the visitor's experience culminates in a tasting area and bar.
The language of the building is based on providing a structural grid sitting on a modelled ground plane with an irregular roof profile draped over the top.
The building seeks to be contextual and appropriate to the natural landscape, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside to allow the visitor feel part of the beautiful landscape.