Neri&Hu has designed A Duality: The Chuan Malt Whisky Distillery in Yansi Village, China.
This project is an exemplification of the Chinese concept of duality – an opportunity to create timeless architecture that speaks to the core values of a young but visionary brand, along with the cultural heritage it aspires to sustain.
Neri&Hu designed both a distillery and a home for Pernod Ricard's very first whisky in China. Surrounded by a winding creek with Emei peak as its backdrop, the project promotes the contrasting concept of Shan-Shui.
Shan-Shui translates as "mountain water" – where "Shan" represents strength and permanence, while "Shui" represents fluidity and transformation – indicating two opposing yet complementary forces, much like the distillery itself.
Architecturally, the project balances duality in many ways – with industrial buildings as a modern interpretation of vernacular Chinese architecture, while the visitor buildings are juxtaposed with elemental geometries grounded in the terrain.
Designer: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Project: A Duality: The Chuan Malt Whisky Distillery