The distillery, and its extensive water features stepping towards the east, are supplied by the locally sourced pristine spring water, purified, and reused after the crafting of the high-quality single malt whiskey.
Completing the cycle, the lushly landscaped east end, with natural retention pools of post-production purified water, supports native endangered species – promoting the biodiversity of Yunnan.
Phase one of the project incorporates a 2500m² Visitors’ Centre with a technologically advanced 12,500m² distillery.
The visitors’ centre, arrival, and reception areas welcome guests in advance of their tour through the production facility, designed to be an immersive, multi-sensory experience.
The tour culminates with a whiskey tasting in the Barrel Tower, an iconic beacon in the landscape, influenced by the local architecture of Dali city in Yunnan Province.
Visitors can also enjoy additional hospitality spaces including a high-end tasting lounge of locally sourced ingredients, retail store, café, and a multi-function and VIP space for events and distinguished guests.
The distillery is organised into zones for the complete whiskey production process – grist, milling, mashing, fermentation, distilling, coopering, filling, cask storage, and maturation – with offices for the engineering team and support staff.
The site and programme will be further developed in future phases.
Diageo Distillery, Yunnan Province, China
Hiroshi Okamoto – founding partner; Bing Lin – founding partner; Christos Athanasopolous – project manager; Valentina Angelucci – designer; Haoyu Wang – designer; Sanghoon Seo – designer; Zhen Hua – designer; Kojo Quainoo – designer; Aleksandr Dmitrashchuk – designer; Benjamin Woolworth – designer
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Local design institute
Renders courtesy of Oli Architecture
20 Mar, 2022