|[images courtesy of Bombay Sapphire]|
Located on the site of a once-abandoned paper mill, Bombay Sapphire's distillery and visitor center at Laverstoke Mill is the latest project completed by Thomas Heatherwick and his London design studio. The restoration is just one of many projects to be included in Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.
Running at UCLA's Hammer Museum from February 20 through May 24, Provocations will be the first U.S. exhibition of Heatherwick's work. Through prototypes, large-scale models, objects, photographs and video, the exhibit will include Heatherwick's redesign of London's double decker buses, his molded "Spun" chairs, the U.K. Pavillion at the 2010 World Expo and a contemporary art museum created inside a grain silo among others.
But back to that gorgeous gin distillery project, which somehow infuses a botanical garden-like vibe into the mill's industrial heart. Heatherwick undertook the multi-million dollar restoration in his signature sculptural style, rehabbing five acres worth of Hampshire countryside and completing the project in 2013.
If you can't make it to the L.A. exhibit, be sure to check out more of Heatherwick Studio's incredible work here.