Having completed the original storage, distribution and office HQ for a local whisky online auctioneer in 2020, we were tasked with extending the building to incorporate a cask storage warehouse. The building’s design was developed to respond to the physical characteristics of the sloping site – its gently undulating roof form reflects the contours of the site, allowing it to nestle into the adjacent land form and minimise it’s visual impact.
To the south, the building’s public face opens up to take advantage of the site’s unique views and orientation. The result is that the public aspects of the building - entrance, shop, whisky tasting room – benefit from (controlled) passive solar gain and clearly advertise their function on this prominent elevation. The main material is vertical timber cladding – this is not only sustainable but is an appropriate selection for the building’s rural setting. The cask warehouse extension has been expressed in a darker stained timber to visually differentiate the function of this part of the building from the original, also referencing the darker tones of timber used in cask barrel making.