A 3.2-acre site in Taos, New Mexico with views towards the Taos Mountains, utilizes an expansive sage and juniper field as a naturally-grown source for the production and tasting of wild-crafted spirits.  

The clients' desire to be able to transform the space typically to be used as a modest 50-person tasting room into a 500-person event and art space, shaped the inward siting of the production and event spaces on either side of an amphitheater.  

Boardform concrete walls emulating the rammed earth vernacular of the region connect the simple box volumes of distillery and tasting room buildings.

Depending on the scenario, the amphitheater can be used as an exterior park or art space - or becomes an extension of the event space - while its depressed siting and perimeter perforated wall obstruct the audience's views of the state road and entry drive. Openings in the amphitheater walls direct visitors’ views towards the mountains and Taos Ski Valley beyond.

2014-2015 Concept Design

2015-2016 Special Use Permit Approval

2016-2017 Preliminary Budgets/Fundraising

2018- Design

Total Area: 8,000 GSF

Client: Highborn Spirits

Preconstruction Contractor: Wolf Corp; Structural: Luchini Trujillo Structural Engineers; MEP: BG Building Works; Civil: Abeyta Engineering; Distillery Equipment: Specific Mechanical Systems; Landscape: Surroundings Studio; Lighting Design: Theia Lighting Design