Architecture – Even if this year St. Patrick’s Day won’t be as festive as usual, there’s no excuse not to celebrate, perhaps sipping a good Irish whiskey. From here, we have decided to bring you 5 brilliant architectural whiskey distilleries you must visit as soon as possible! Our virtual tour begins in The Liberties, Dublin, actually not that far from St. Patrick Cathedral. Here a medieval church has been converted into a temple for liquid spirits. Whiskeytecture? Slainte!
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The Liberties, Dublin’s historical working-class neighbourhood, is known for markets streets, local family-owned businesses and ancient churches but also factories and whiskey distilleries. Indeed, once home to over 37 distilleries, the Irish capital is no stranger to the craft of whiskey making!
The Pearse Lyon distillery is located in a former medieval church surrounded by an ancient cemetery with many stories to tell. TOT Architects has renovated the deconsecrated stone building transforming the central nave into a factory space, museum and shop hosting also whiskey-tasting workshops. Stain glass illuminates the aisle where large copper stills produce the exclusive Pearse Lyon, a new brand founded by an Irish-American entrepreneur. The roof of the bell tower, which collapsed during a storm, has been replaced with a glass pinnacle.
Not far is the Roe & Co distillery, also a museum organizing mixology classes. Set in the former Power House of the Guinness Brewery. Architecture firm RKD has renovated the industrial building with its red bricks and geometric Art Deco lines, bringing together contemporary interiors and the building’s post-industrial imprint. The result is an immersive, fun and unconventional experience plunging visitors into the Roe & Co whiskey world, a young brand by Diageo, which also owns Guinness. At the heart of the design was “the desire to retain as much of the power station’s interior as possible, with only 25% of the building being used in its new guise, retaining the internal steel beams, concrete and bricks”.
The Teeling distillery is located in The Liberties’ heart and opened its doors in 2015 as the first new distillery in Dublin for over 125 years. “Distilling is in the fabric of our city and our family — for us, this is more than a beginning, this is a revival,” say at Teeling. The symbol of the brand, a phoenix rising from a pot still, symbolises the re-establishment of the Teeling whiskey brand as well a new renaissance of the intriguing whiskey-making district. The attention to detail throughout the 100,000 sq ft complex is formidable, from the Kilkenny limestone on the building’s facade to timber used during the construction being recycled to make the upstairs bar.
Jameson, the most famous Irish whiskey on the planet, has two homes. In Dublin, on Bow St., the infamous ‘barrel man’ welcomes visitors to discover the art and crafts of Irish whiskey making. The second home, the Midleton Distillery near Cork, has recently been expanded by Wain Morehead Architects. The new Garden Still House signature building tunes with the 18th-century distillery complex. Copper pot stills are clearly visible from the outside. A raked glass wall minimises reflection, optimising ventilation and increasing visibility from outside.
Built by William Grant & Sons, the Tullamore distillery officially opened in September 2014 in Tullamore in Offaly county. From Summer 2021, the distillery is planned to become the new home of the new Irish whiskey visitor experience and will host all future brands and tours.
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