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Hypostyle's Glasgow Distillery squares up

October 22 2015

Hypostyle's Glasgow Distillery squares up
Hypostyle-BR Architects have reworked their plans for a whisky experience and distillery within the Pump House Building at Glasgow’s Queen’s Dock following a decision to deliver the project over two phases.

This will see existing plans to extend and convert the B-listed building revised to accommodate a an exhibition and visitor centre alongside a new build distillery which has been simplified to a straightforward block pavilion.

Clad in blue-grey standing-seam metal and large areas of glazing to open up views of the copper stills with louvred timber screens facing areas of public realm to impart character and warmth.

Existing stone walls of the pump house will be retained to form a backdrop to a glazed concourse connecting both elements with floors set back to allow the original windows to sit uninterrupted.

In their design statement the architects observed: “The distillery building will take the form of a solid metal clad volume with minimal fenestration. A large glazed area will display the iconic stills and establish views down the river internally. The metal cladding is intended to give life to the volume, changing with the varying lighting and weather conditions. A louvred timber screen provides warmth and detail where the large structure adjoins the public walkway and listed building.”

Space on-site will be retained to allow for the future expansion of visitor facilities within a signature drum-shaped pavilion as originally envisaged and a 6m wide riverfront walkway will be included.
An entrance square will be located to the north west at the foot of an expressway footbridge
An entrance square will be located to the north west at the foot of an expressway footbridge


#1 Posted by Fraser on 23 Oct 2015 at 13:07 PM
I really rather like this
#2 Posted by RJB on 23 Oct 2015 at 15:45 PM
Not bad, though the link section looks a little clumsy
#3 Posted by George on 23 Oct 2015 at 22:14 PM
This looks good, please lets get going with this project as I'm keen to see this happen soon! It will help with the development of key riverside land that is currently wasted, and if the visitor experience is based on the Whisky Heritage Museum then it will be a key addition to the Glasgow tourist trail.
#4 Posted by Stephen on 25 Oct 2015 at 11:09 AM
Seems respectable enough if not exactly inspired. Good to get some investment in a visitor attraction in an otherwise pretty barren riverside site. Maybe time to relocate the helipads?
Why are there so many people milling around outside in the images?!
#5 Posted by George on 29 Oct 2015 at 17:20 PM
The helipads have been relocated about a year ago, so that area is also ripe for development...
#6 Posted by Stephen on 30 Oct 2015 at 14:05 PM
Thanks 5. Clearly I should get out more.

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