Gin Distillery, Whitechapel

Exemplary contemporary architecture with considered heritage reclamation and restoration

Gin Distillery
Gin Distillery Credit: Leon Chew

Open Practice Architecture for private client
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 133m²

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.

  • Gin Distillery
    Gin Distillery Credit: Leon Chew
  • Gin Distillery
    Gin Distillery Credit: Leon Chew
  • Gin Distillery
    Gin Distillery Credit: Leon Chew
  • Gin Distillery
    Gin Distillery Credit: Leon Chew
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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.

 

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