The reconstruction of the Stählemühle, an old mill estate in Eigeltingen, near Bodensee in south Germany into a high end fruit distillery comprised a 26 sqm distillery, a 31 sqm tasting space as well as a 86 sqm degustation. The concept and execution as well as planning and execution of the furniture are by the architecture team of e15.
With the main focus in the distillery being the new distillery boiler, a custom designed pot still built by the German copper smith Arnold Holstein, e15 tidied up the space, eliminating destructing elements and installing clean, hygienic and natural surfaces and installing a new lighting design.
The adaption of a 31 sqm space above the distillery into the tasting space saw PHILIPP MAINZER maintain authentic features such as the wood cladding and cast iron stove. The floor was replaced with raw smoked oak flooring with a soap finish. For the fit out PHILIPP MAINZER chose its seating bench HP01 TAFEL and a custom made copper version of the light LT02 SEAM TWO, taking up the material of the distillery. Here PHILIPP MAINZER also designed a bespoke sideboard folding out as a mini kitchen.
For the conversion of the 86 sqm silo into the degustation e15 maintained the exposed concrete on walls and ceiling and installed new asphalt flooring, continuing the general material choice. With the overall aim to create a clean space with pure lines, a bespoke wall-mounted shelving system from metal grid with incorporated LED back lighting lining both walls, adds a theatrical presentation of the fine spirits. Through the filled carboys the structure of the concrete walls are theatrically enlarged. E15 TA01 PONTE tables and BE01 CALLE benches add some warmth to the space, inviting the visitor to linger. For the narrow elongated entrance to the main degustation space, e15 inserted new walls with a cut out light box stretching the length of the right hand wall to present the bottled finished product.