Through a careful restoration, the project transforms the old mill complex into the new headquarters of Bombay Sapphire distillers. Located by the River Test, in Laverstoke, the site had become a cluttered and confused mess, with Grade II listed structures hemmed in by poor quality and poorly planned buildings. The studio’s approach was to restore the original buildings, remove the modern additions, and allow the river to resume its role as the focal point. In order to bring it back to life, the studio made it wider, restored its natural banks and planted suitable flowers and shrubs. Returned to its proper form, the river became a feature around which to organize the rest of the development. While the initial brief had included a visitor center, the studio chose to show the authentic distillation process, in accordance with a recipe devised in 1761, which involves infusing the gin with the vapors of ten herbs and spices. The masterplan also included the creation of two botanical glasshouses, which provide the tropical and Mediterranean herbs used in the distillation process. The new glasshouses are connected to the existing buildings, and collect the excess heat generated during distillation.
Bombay Sapphire Distillery
Bombay Spirits Ltd
Heatherwick Studio; Thomas Heatherwick (dirección de diseño design director); Eliot Postma, Katerina Dionysopoulou (dirección de proyecto project leader); Einar Blixhavn, Laurence Dudeney, Le Ha Hoang, Hayley Henry, Etain Ho, Alexander Jackson, Hannah Parker, Ville Saarikoski, Alma Wang (equipo team)
Alectica, Arup, Bellapart, CBRE, CPW, Giles Quarme Associates, GSA, GWP, Meller, Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew, SKM Enviros