Just got this press release. Take a look. I’m excited to see what they will come up with.
Louisville takes bourbon seriously, and world-renowned architect Deborah Berke is acknowledging this authenticity by challenging the Yale School of Architecture and a class of advanced design students to overhaul one of Kentucky’s oldest and proudest trades; the bourbon distillery. The goal is to design a contemporary urban bourbon distillery in downtown Louisville, and the project will be sure to generate a lot of interest for the city and from bourbon enthusiasts.
A total of eight architectural advanced design studios are offered at Yale this semester. Architect Frank Gehry is leading a studio that will design an opera house and will travel to Switzerland, and noted Italian architect Massimo Scolari will be taking his students to Venice. Other studios are traveling to Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Vienna, and Los Angeles.
“I am excited to return to Louisville to carry out this unique project. It is a wonderful opportunity to put the spotlight on a great city as well as promote the significance of architectural design,” says Berke.
The project will focus on industrial architecture as a form of innovation for the spirits industry and offers an opportunity to rethink urban manufacturing in the 21st century.