Architecturally, the conceptual goal was to create a unified building form that would bridge the tasting room and visitor experience with the distilling production / aging process.
The new facility allows for EKD’s primary goal of maintaining 100% of their production on site. A simple yet bold gable expression organizes their distilling, barrel storage tasting room, restaurant, and customer experience all within an efficient Pre-Engineered Metal Building steel frame. The exterior is finished with dark bronze insulated metal panel and natural wood which allows the building form to recede into its natural surroundings. The interior finishes invite guests inside with touches of warm, minimalist details of wood and concrete. The visitor experience is at all points directly connected to the natural site with walls of glass, interconnected walkways and a multi-functional outdoor venue space.
The completed facility will allow Eastern Kille to expand their reach to the greater West Michigan area and beyond, while creating a unique, tailored presence that matches their growing brand.