Glasses raised to Hampshire distillery
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Over the past few days, crisp images of bulbous botanical glasshouses in southern England have appeared in UK broadsheets, showcasing what could easily be considered one of Thomas Heatherwick’s finest compositions to date.
The project in question is the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery in the village of Laverstoke, Hampshire. A former paper mill, the site originally comprised more than 40 ageing buildings used to produce bank notes, a number of which have since acquired listed status.
Heatherwick has worked with GWP Architecture to reconfigure the site, widening a river which meanders through the plot and crafting a modern adaptive reuse scheme worthy of this internationally acclaimed brand.
The existing masterplan was a patchwork of historic and more modern structures that had been added to year on year, resulting in a confusing site with no core focus point. Heatherwick Studio a