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Historic German Mill Transformed Into Dramatic Underground Stahlemuhle Distillery by Philipp Mainzer
Posted By Charley Cameron On July 23, 2012 @ 5:30 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,Green renovation | 1 Comment
Behind the rustic doors of the old Stählemühle mill now lie sleek, dramatically lit minimal rooms with exposed concrete walls  and simple wood furnishings. Mainzer describes his creative intent as seeking to put “specified traditional materials in a modern context” – he incorporated industrial materials that contrast with the polished finish of the large, elegant copper distillation  machine. The custom-made wooden furniture pieces throughout the space were crafted by design firm e15. 
Perhaps the most eye-catching room in the converted mill is the one in which the Stählemühle spirits ripen. In keeping with founder Christoph Keller’s approach—as one viewing liquor production as a combination of alchemy and tradition —the space is lined with large orb-like bottles  in which the spirits sit for anywhere between three months and five years. The bottles act as lenses, reflecting the soft light around the windowless industrial room. Each of the bottles is delicately adorned with an individual handwritten label. The minimal, meditative spaces of the distillery also support Keller’s emphasis on reawakening one’s senses and memories through taste.
The incredible transformation of the space, accompanied by Keller’s purist, organic approach to the production of alcohol is perhaps marred only by some of the choices in building materials — the minimal industrial floors are made from asphalt .
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Photos © Ingmar Kurth
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URLs in this post:
 Philipp Mainzer: http://www.philippmainzer.com/en/projects/staehlemuehle-eigeltingen-germany-2010
 Stählemühle: http://www.staehlemuehle.de/
 Christoph Keller: http://vimeo.com/39184670
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/historic-german-mill-transformed-into-dramatic-underground-distillery-by-philipp-mainzer/mainzer-distillery-6/
 concrete walls: http://inhabitat.com/leftover-t-walls-barricades-could-provide-housing-for-iraqi-families/
 distillation: http://inhabitat.com/tag/distillery/
 e15.: http://www.e15.com/
 bottles: http://inhabitat.com/the-morrow-royal-pavilion-in-las-vegas-is-the-worlds-largest-building-made-of-recycled-beer-bottles/
 asphalt: http://inhabitat.com/creating-roads-from-sand-and-bacteria-instead-of-oil/sandstoneroad-ed01/
 Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/45257/an-old-mill-transformed-into-sleek-showroom-distillery/
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