Bombay Sapphire Distillery / Heatherwick Studio

Bombay Sapphire Distillery / Heatherwick Studio

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  • Architects: Heatherwick Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Iwan Baan
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Bellapart, Adapta Color, Cricursa
  • Scope Of Services: Lead Designer
  • Client: Bombay Spirits Company Ltd.
  • Site Area: 20,235sqm
  • Project Team: Thomas Heatherwick, Katerina Dionysopoulou, Eliot Postma, Alma Wang, Ville Saarikoski
  • City: Laverstoke
  • Country: United Kingdom
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Bombay Sapphire Distillery / Heatherwick Studio - Facade, Arch, Arcade
© Iwan Baan

Text description provided by the architects. The gin-maker Bombay Sapphire commissioned the creation of the company’s first in-house production facility, which will also be open for members of the public to visit. Formerly a water-powered paper mill, the site contained more than forty derelict buildings, many of historical significance, which have been regenerated and restored as part of Heatherwick Studio’s master plan. Central to the development of the master plan is the River Test, which was previously almost invisible, contained within a narrow high-sided concrete channel and largely covered over as the site had intensively developed over many years.


The river became the central organising device to
make sense of the complex site and this accumulation of facilities. The river has been widened and its banks opened out and planted in order to transform it into a route that draws visitors through the site to a newly defined courtyard at its centre, surrounded by historic buildings. To make the water visible and valuable once more the river has taken on more than twice its original width and its banks reshaped with planted foreshores.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery / Heatherwick Studio - Arch, Beam
© Iwan Baan

The original project brief included provision of a separate visitor centre. However the design team believed this not to be necessary, preferring to allow the public a more authentic experience by getting closer to the distillation process and seeing the sculptural copper gin stills in use.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery / Heatherwick Studio - Facade, Arch, Windows
Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Heatherwick Studio's master plan proposed the creation of two new glasshouses to grow specimens of the
10 exotic plant species used in the Bombay Sapphire distillation process. These glasshouses, one of them containing a humid tropical environment and the other
a dry temperate Mediterranean climate, emerge from the northern still house to sit within the waters of the widened river. The connection to the still house allows waste heat from the distillation process to be recycled
to maintain the warm climates for the plant species to flourish. The fluid geometry of these new glass buildings was influenced by recent advances in glass technology and by Britain’s rich heritage of botanical glasshouse structures.

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This new botanical distillery has achieved a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating for sustainability; the first facility in the drinks manufacturing industry to be awarded this rating.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery / Heatherwick Studio - Windows, Arch, Garden
Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

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Address:Laverstoke, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28, UK

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Cite: "Bombay Sapphire Distillery / Heatherwick Studio" 09 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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