The Distillery of Modern Art started as a warehouse, and Vickers Design Group converted it into a distillery, tasting room, art gallery, and event space.
Copper is used to accent the space and unite the different areas of the building. The distillery portion is a square rotated 45 degrees, so it breaks the grid and becomes a feature element no matter where you stand in the tasting bar or event space. As the heart of the business, the still is visible from almost every space, and you feel as if you are right inside the distillery. A copper corrugated screen transforms the building envelope to modernize the space and create the appearance of a whole new building. Careful attention was given to understand the experience of visitors within the space. We also used the various stages of tasting spirits as design inspiration.
The art gallery showcases work from local artists. From the gallery, you also get a behind-the-scenes look into the bottling area and back office. The tasting room features a gorgeous wrap-around bar and dining space. The event space is designed to accommodate everything from intimate, smaller gatherings to lively, large receptions. The space also has a large pre-function area that is perfect for catering and cocktail tables.
While there is a designated gallery space, the design of the Distillery of Modern Art is centered around the idea that the entire space could be used to display art. Each space is inspired by specific modern artists: Mondrian in the grid-like gallery, Rothko in the tasting bar, and Kandinsky in the event space.