Plot area: 4 acres
Built Up Area : 2,140 sq.ft.
Location: Dindori District, Madhya Pradesh.
The project was a distillery for Mahua Heritage Alcohol production commissioned by the District collector and Excise Department of MP as a pilot project. The site was a rural, gravely and barren 4 Acre land close to a river offering stunning views of the expanses in this water starved district of Madhya Pradesh.
One of the tribal produce of this region is the Mahua Alcohol and the state Excise department commissioned a distillery as a pilot project with the aim of regulating the otherwise un-regulated and home- distilled Mahua Alcohol to promote it as a Heritage Alcohol. We interacted with experts in the field of alcohol distillation like Mr. Anirudha Mukerjee and chemical engineers from the Vasantdada Sugar Institute, Pune who developed the equipment and processes for Mahua Distillation. This enabled us to develop and efficient distillation loop, space requirement and an ideal building form that was climate and context responsive and easy to replicate in the hot and aired, resource starved local areas. The structure was designed to be built using easily available building material and skill sets and the construction was taken up by the local PWD. The shell was a neutral palette on which the locals added some of their personal artwork and colour touches to it. Traditionally, mahua distillation has always been done in the home kitchens of tribals. This partially mechanised distillery is managed entirely by local women’s groups. The