This week’s crazy building is the Botanical Glasshouses at Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Laverstoke, England.
This English gin-maker commissioned these bizarrely-shaped glass structures to put their ingredients on display for visitors. They curve elegantly, swooping sideways and inward towards the still house (a former paper mill). The waste heat from the distillation process flows outward to warm the glasshouses.
One of the two glasshouses has a humid climate mimicking the tropics, while the other is dry and temperate like the Mediterranean. This allows the variety of plant species used in their gin to grow in conditions close to their natural habitat.
Practical with a double dose of flair… always a winning combination!