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2018 Commercial Design Awards

Creative interiors stood out to a trio of judges who selected the winners in our annual Commercial Design Awards program.

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State Line Distillery

Most Innovative Green Solution

State Line Distillery is not located along the traditional retail and restaurant corridors of Madison, but it expects tens of thousands of people to interact with its facility through various channels of retail distribution and in-person visits.

The distillery is part of the revitalization of the East Washington corridor, especially the old industrial section between East Washington and Williamson Street. Since it is located in a once neglected industrial area in need of a fresh face, its hospitable amenities make it the perfect pivot-point business to help breathe life back into this area.

The small-batch distillery does so with the help of sustainable features. A green-built highlight is the use of reclaimed wood acquired from a single source barn in Wisconsin. Its unique arched tables were all created from the barn’s arched trusses, and this same wood was used to create the hanging light fixtures and a corner design element. The barn’s siding was used for the wood wall finish and the front bar, while the bar top was made from the structure of the barn’s hayloft. Also unique are materials used in the distillery’s tasting room, which were all sourced from a barn.

Perhaps the largest environmental impact of this building, however, is simply the repurposing of a building that easily could have been scheduled for demolition. “The before-and-after photographs are striking,” notes one CDA judge. “The fact that the designer and the owner opted to keep the existing building, even though it was not without fault, and fix it up rather than tear it down, speaks to another element of its sustainability.

“Sometimes,” he adds, “the most green project you can do is use the existing building itself.”

Another judge agreed with that point. “I appreciate their resourcefulness and the way they have adapted the existing building.”

Project credits

Location: 1413 Northern Ct., Madison, WI 53703
Owner/Developer: State Line Distillery
General Contractor: Supreme Structures
Architect: Sketchworks Architecture LLC
Engineer: MP Squared Structural Engineers
Photography: CR Prints & Photography LLC
Completion Date: May 2017

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