Warehouse X, designed by JRA Architects, was the first new building added to Buffalo Trace’s 130 acre property since 1952. The small warehouse was created specifically to facilitate the “Experimental Collection” of bourbon developed by Buffalo Trace Distillery, a collection which showcases the effects of aging on bourbon. This experimental idea was inspired after tornado destroyed existing Warehouse C in 2006 and the bourbon barrels inside were aged in the open until repairs could be made to the building. JRA Architects designed Warehouse X with four different sections plus an open-air patio, which each offer unique modifications to the bourbon aging process. One area of the structure ages the bourbon in darkness, another moves though a cycle of changing temperatures, a third section offers changes in humidity, and the fourth allows for changing airflow. The patio allows the barrels to be aged in an open-air environment similar to that experienced after the tornado. Warehouse X allows Buffalo Trace to continue their pursuit of innovation and quality in the world of bourbon manufacture.
Rob Deal, AIA, LEED AP
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