Can you guess the purpose of these eco glasshouses?
FOOD & DRINK | October 15, 2014

Can you guess the purpose of these eco glasshouses?

Remember these scenes from 2012? You gasped, the country gasped, the world gasped!

Superstar designer Thomas Heatherwick doesn't just do Olympic cauldrons and London Routemaster buses. His studio has branched out into architecture - and one of his most recent projects has been the transformation of an old paper mill into a factory for the production of something rather more refreshing when served with tonic, ice and lemon! Have you guessed it yet? 

The two funnel-shaped glasshouses in the picture may look somewhat surreal, but they actually serve a very practical purpose. They're used to cultivate the ten plants infused into Bombay Sapphire's gin!

So what's so green about that? Ingeniously, waste heat from the Bombay Sapphire's distilling process is recycled to bring these huge glasshouses to perfect growing temperatures: one housing the Mediterranean species, the other tropical.

The Bombay Sapphire distillery is now open to the public down in Hampshire - go and take a look - and is the first distillery and the first refurbishment project to have ever been awarded an 'outstanding' BREEAM rating for its design. That's about the highest environmental accolade you can get!

What do you think of the design?

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