Barrel House 1-14, Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee Commercial Building, American Architecture
Barrel House 1-14 at the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg
USA Commercial Interior Redevelopment in Tennessee by Clickspring Design
Jan 7, 2018
Barrel House 1-14 at the Jack Daniel Distillery
Design: Clickspring Design
Location: Lynchburg, Tennessee, USA
Barrel House 1-14 at the Jack Daniel Distillery, Tennessee,
Photos: Andrew Pogue
Anyone taking a guided tour of the Jack Daniel’s distillery would agree that visiting an active barrel house is an unforgettably profound olfactory experience. As a barrel of whiskey matures, a portion of its contents is lost to evaporation. This inevitable process, multiplied by thousands of barrels, creates the “Angel’s Share”, a scent that blankets the building in a delightfully potent and heady aroma.
It’s at this point in the tour that visitors have developed an appreciation of all of the variables that give Jack Daniel’s whiskeys their unmistakable flavor profiles. With that, visitors have been seeking guided tours that allow them to experience those flavors first-hand.
To meet these visitors’ expectations, the idea of the Barrel House 1-14 project was conceived. In order to create an experience while delivering on the Jack Daniel’s commitment to authenticity, the project – by necessity – would become a hybrid: part active barrel house where real whiskey is maturing, and part refined sampling environment where those who are deeply knowledgeable about whiskey can share intelligence with an audience in an intimate setting.
Here again, the design encourages interaction and exchange between those who know, live, and work in Moore County and those visitors seeking an authentic brand experience. Within these seemingly contradictory demands, the renovation of this historic 1938 barrel house found its form.
In juxtaposing the ruggedly functional timber-framed building with the exacting detail of a steel and glass framing system, the design brings together the historic, functional authenticity of the barrel house structure with detailing suitable for contemporary visitors engaged in close conversation. Here, introductions will take place, information will be exchanged, and, most importantly, new friends will be made.
Entering from the east, visitors arrive in the “live” portion of the barrel house where Jack Daniel’s whiskey is being carefully stored and maintained in order to reach maturity. Further down the central corridor, visitors enter an open, three-story space with high natural light. Carefully positioned (within alcoves created by the barrels) are two tall, glass volumes supported by slender steel stanchions. Their high walls are interrupted only by the existing, interwoven, timber structure.
Flanking the main aisle, these glass pavilions offer intimate and civilized sampling areas that live in stark contrast to the 1930s industrial aesthetic of the surrounding building. The western most side of the project has been opened to create a three story space that can accommodate additional tour group samplings or large scale events.
Crossing the last threshold, visitors are met with the familiar sight of the Jack Daniel’s Visitors Center: the point of origin for all distillery tours. Here guests will have the opportunity to explore further, pick up a customized bottle of “the local product”, and mingle with many of the personalities that continue to make Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey the American icon that it is today.
Barrel House 1-14 at the Jack Daniel Distillery – Building Information
Project size: 10861 ft2
Site size: 10861 ft2
Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 3
Lead Designer: Clickspring Design
Architect of Record: Tuck-Hinton Architects
Landscape Architect: Shadley Associates
General Contractor: Messer Construction
Specialty Fabricator / Graphics: 1220 Exhibits
Glazing Engineer: NOVUM Structures
Structural Engineer: EMC Structural Engineers
MEP Engineer: MP&E Engineers
Photography: Andrew Pogue
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