Westland Distillery, an award-winning adaptive reuse of a circa 1918 warehouse in Seattle’s SODO district, offers visitors a contemporary perspective on the time-honored art of making whiskey. Guest experiences are woven seamlessly throughout the functional workspaces used for distilling. Thoughtful presentation of key brand design elements balance against the elegant simplicity of rough-hewn timber and steel—materials that pay homage to the founders’ Pacific Northwest lineage.
Behind an elegant but raw tasting bar and whiskey library, the facility houses a 5,000-liter mash house and a world-class still room housing two copper pot stills from Vendome Copper and Brass Works. The barrel room holds upwards of 100 barrels awaiting transport to Westland’s rack house on the Olympic Peninsula. Staff offices are located on a mezzanine above a state-of-the-art climate-controlled QC lab. The work was completed while Mark was a founding principal at Urbanadd.