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Fordham Abbey Dojima Saké Brewery

Flagship for the Hashimoto family’s 600 year old saké brand

Fordham Abbey Dojima Saké Brewery.
Fordham Abbey Dojima Saké Brewery. Credit: Ed Tyler

SCABAL (Studio Cullinan & Buck Architects) with KPTA (Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects) for Dojima Sake Brewery UK
Contract value: £3.2m
GIA: 1,150m2
Cost per m2: £2,783

The UK’s first purpose built saké brewery is set in the grounds of an 18th century manor house. This flagship for the Hashimoto family’s 600 year old brand is complete with visitor centre. The red, single aisled barn is orientated west to east, from arrival to tasting. The east end has big balcony windows and the west windows are cut to spell out sake in kanji. Asymmetric steel portals work as a structural diaphragm and are expressed internally. Stack-bonded blockwork and stainless-steel piping, with an antimicrobial non-slip resin floor and drainage channels, support hygienic heavy use. The visitor centre and brewery staff areas have views out to the gardens and landscape and are naturally ventilated.

  • Fordham Abbey Dojima Saké Brewery.
    Fordham Abbey Dojima Saké Brewery. Credit: Ed Tyler
  • Fordham Abbey Dojima Saké Brewery.
    Fordham Abbey Dojima Saké Brewery. Credit: Ed Tyler
  • Fordham Abbey Dojima Saké Brewery.
    Fordham Abbey Dojima Saké Brewery. Credit: Ed Tyler
  • Fordham Abbey Dojima Saké Brewery.
    Fordham Abbey Dojima Saké Brewery. Credit: Ed Tyler
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