The goal of this project is to design a new office in Nashville for Rhine Hall, a family owned and operated distillery based in Chicago. The company values sustainable practices and their artisan ties to their downtown Chicago neighborhood. They will be expanding from their flagship store to downtown Nashville, where they will require workspaces for 42 employees of varying departments. The design solution addresses the company's needs for a variety of work spaces, balancing the functionalized and product-based teams of their matriced organizational structure.
The design decisions for Rhine Hall’s offices in Nashville, Tennessee will be informed by the alchemical theory of Magnum Opus. This ancient alchemical theory outlines the detailed steps necessary to create the Philosopher’s Stone and is considered the highest achievement in the realm of alchemy. The process of magnum opus is characterized by the purification of certain substances, which directly correlates to Rhine Hall’s distilling process of brandy. Alchemy uses geometric symbols to distinguish different elements and compounds which will provide forms for the design of Rhine Hall’s offices. The different stages of magnum opus process will translate through each department of the office, providing an element of fluidity throughout the space plan. Raw and honest materials will be used for furnishings and finishes, and glass architectural features will reflect the transparency of Rhine Hall’s business practices and the purity of magnum opus.