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    Thomas Heatherwick completes sculptural glasshouses for Bombay Sapphire gin distillery

    Two curving glass greenhouses have become the feature of British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s overhaul of the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery in Hampshire, England. 

    Originally used as a paper mill in the Victorian era, the cluster of red brick buildings were purchased by Bombay Sapphire, who then commissioned Heatherwick to transform the site into a new distillery and visitors' centre.

    Two sculptural glasshouses form the major new additions to the site and are used to grow key botanical ingredients needed to flavour the Bombay Sapphire gin.

    The glasshouses are heated using excess air created during the distilling process, with large pipes clad in strips of metal conducting the heat and transporting it out through holes in the red-brick walls.

    The strips of metal also form the frames of the glasshouses, helping to create the freestanding, pleated structures that bend and extend down into the water of the River Test.

    Courtesy Dezeen

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