Rather than relegate the stills – which are the largest west of the Mississippi – behind walls, architects at Urbanadd turned to Vetrotech for a solution that would meet fire safety requirements but still allow visitors a free view to the inside of the distillery.
The resulting three-story interior enclosure is comprised of metal studs and multiple layers of drywall and wood sheathing. The interspersed panels of Vetrotech Contraflam 120 fire-resistant glass in VDS frames allow the wall system to meet two-hour fire safety requirements while keeping the unique distillation process in full view for visitors.
Project Key Achievements
- An award-winning adaptive reuse of a timber warehouse built in 1918
- Contraflam allows the wall system to meet two-hour fire requirements while keeping the unique distillation process in full view for visitors
- Interspersed at random intervals are 2 x 8-foot panels of Vetrotech Contraflam 120 fire-resistant glass in VDS frames between rough-hewn timber
Project Key Challenges
- Regulations require stills to be behind walls. The distillery was looking for an elegant solution that allows visitors to view the inner workings of the plant.
- Needed to block radiant heat, yet still provide for high light transmission and visibility.
- Architect: Urbanadd
Photography by Olaf Rohl