pod architecture + design (pod a+d) of Carrboro, NC and Luckett & Farley architects and engineers of Louisville, have designed a surprising concept for a modern, environmentally sustainable, mid-sized distillery for J.W. Rutledge Distillery of Middletown, KY.
The 69,000-square-foot facility is intended for 140 picturesque acres of gently rolling grassland just outside Louisville. The architectural concept suggests an elegant, two-building composition linked by physical representations of various elements of the distilling process. In form and footprint, the concept steps lightly on the grassland, even hovering above it to avoid disturbing a sharp dip in the landscape.
With a projected budget of $20-$25 million, Rutledge’s sustainable distillery will produce Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey the “old-fashioned way” relative to the requisites, guidelines and standards for straight whiskey production that have been in place for close to two centuries.