This is a new glass house on the grounds of the new Bombay Sapphire complex in Hampshire, England, opening this week. The Thomas Heatherwick designed-building almost looks like one of the company's iconic blue bottles of booze. Gin and tonic, anyone?
Aside from looking very cool and very gin-like, the structure has some sustainable qualities — it's heated using warm air made during distillation. And plants that are used to flavour the hooch are grown inside the greenhouse. The modern structure sits among a larger complex of Victorian-era buildings, once home to a paper mill that made English currency. Now Heatherwick — known for designing such projects as the 2012 Olympic Cauldron and the UK Pavilion at Shanghai 2010 Expo — has created a lovely mix of old and new. Many of the old buildings sat in disrepair until Bacardi (Bombay's parent company) bought the property and commissioned Heatherwick to update the old buildings and add the new one.
And the result is this beautiful glass house, distillery, and surrounding structures, which all together make Bombay Sapphire's new home. Now when's happy hour? [Dezeen]