Exemplary contemporary architecture with considered heritage reclamation and restoration
Open Practice Architecture for private client
Contract value: Confidential
Set in the corner of a nondescript car park off the backstreets of Whitechapel, the Gin Distillery is a wonderful example of exemplary contemporary architecture patched together with considered heritage reclamation and restoration. The taller brewery building it abuts and a rear residential elevation facing the site presented light and privacy challenges.
Within the patched, repaired and part-reinstated brick shell, a series of spaces have been given a clear hierarchy and grandeur. A calm collection of simple but high-quality materials, finishes and gestures sit comfortably together, accentuating the intricacy and depth of the original material. The architect’s handling of light, space, views and height is excellent. The attention to detail is evident without being overcomplicated or fussy.