Thomas Heatherwick has just completed work on two beautiful curved glass houses for gin company Bombay Sapphire in Hampshire, England. The two sculptural structures will not only operate as distilleries, but will also help heat existing buildings by using warm air created during the distilling process. And if that's not enough green goodness for you, note that these hothouses will be used to grow tropical plants and botanical specimens used in creating the Bombay Sapphire gin - a restorative gesture that makes the gin business more sustainable.
The two distilleries are nestled between existing Victorian-era buildings. Originally, the buildings were meant to house a mill that produces paper for English bank notes. After being abandoned for a while, the complex was acquired by Bombay Sapphire, a gin brand developed within the famous drink manufacturer Bacardi.
The glass houses feature metal strips separating out to form sweeping forms that touch the surface of the River Test. The structures harvest heat during the distillation process and carry it out through openings in the red-brick walls of the neighboring buildings, ensuring that little energy is wasted. The company acquires botanicals from all over the world and houses them in the two glasshouses that provide optimal conditions for their survival.