Behold the strikingly beautiful Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery located in the south of England. The distillery sits on what used to be a 300-year old paper mill whose history dates back over 1000 years. Its unique blend of a scenic river, asymmetrical glass houses and Victorian and Georgian architecture make it a travel destination for any gin lover.
In order to preserve the historical value of the site the folks at Bombay Sapphire teamed up with the London-based Heatherwick Studio which specializes in sustainable design. The master plan was to renovate the mill using eco-friendly practices.
The site has been operating for a year now and has won the highly coveted BREEAM Award for Industrial Design. Here are some of its key features:
- Excess heat produced by the vapor infusion distillation process is used to heat the glasshouses
- The glasshouses house the 10 signature botanicals that go into every bottle of gin
- Waste from the distillation process is used to fuel a biomass heater that provides hot water and heat to the distillery
- Electricity is generated by a hydro-electric turbine in the River Test, a stream that runs through the property
- The riverbank was widened and redesigned to include native plant species
The Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery is open to visitors year round. Tickets for a self-guided tour are available here.
Check out this behind-the-scenes guided tour and the gorgeous pictures below: