Callington Mill Distillery | Cumulus Studio

Callington Mill Distillery | Cumulus Studio | Photographer: Adam Gibson

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Callington Mill Distillery | Cumulus Studio

Traditional Land Owners
Oyster Bay Nation


COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Commercial Architecture
EmAGN Project Award
Sustainable Architecture
GLB Construction
Adam Gibson
Project summary

Callington Mill Distillery, located in the shadow of Oatlands’ iconic windmill, balances industry and tourism, traditional materials and contemporary design.

The design navigates the need to house the industrial manufacturing requirements of a working whisky distillery while providing the immersive visitor experience of a traditional cellar door.

The material selection was heavily influenced by the local heritage code requirements for masonry cladding. The predominant brick has a soft and chalky patina that references the sandstone of the surrounding buildings whilst the simple gabled forms reference the town’s rooftops in height and aesthetic.

The interiors are weaved together with materials that references whisky’s rich tones — Tasmanian Oak joinery, brass fittings, minimal lighting, and marble with a golden hue.

Callington Mill is a refined, considered and modern working building within one of the oldest Georgian settlements in Australia, providing a unique tourist experience, and immersing visitors in the story of local whisky.

Oatlands is a town frozen in time, rich in heritage homes and in sites of significance. Cumulus has designed our distillery to align with this colonial character and created an architectural marvel that fuses the past with the future — creating a sense of place with distinction and prestige.

This ‘past’ seamlessly flows into the fabric of our building. Cumulus designed a world class visitor’s experience — creating a series of spaces where visitors can indulge their temptations in our restaurant, engage in the art of the whiskey making process in our distillery, and stimulate their senses in our barrel room.

Project Practice Team

Andrew Geeves, Design Architect and Documentation
Andrew Grimsdale, Designer and Documentation
Chi Chee Goh, Graduate of Architecture
Elizabeth Walsh, Design Architect
Luke Waldron, Design Architect
Peter Walker, Design Director
Ronja Scherer, Graduate of Architecture
Rosella Sciurti, Designer

Project Consultant and Construction Team

COVA, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic & Fire Engineering
Damien Mackey, Whisky Consultant
ERA Planning and Environment, Town Planner
Green Design Group, Kitchen Consultants
Milan Prodanovic, Traffic Engineer
Pitt & Sherry, Building Surveyor
Playstreet, Landscape Architects
Purcell, Heritage Consultant
Saltmarsh And Escobar Consulting Engineers, Structural Engineer
Still Smiths, Process Engineers & Trade Waste

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Callington Mill Distillery | Cumulus Studio | Photographer: Adam Gibson

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