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Bravura wins ASLA Merit Award for the Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden!

Open to the public for less than a week, the Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden is already winning awards!

Come out to The Parklands of Floyds Fork to see what all the hype is about!

American Society of Landscape Architects – Kentucky
Merit Award for Constructed Work

The project’s significance is that it implemented a method of “editing”, “hyper native planting”, “hyper contextuality” and a rigorous sensitivity to constructing with a light footprint. The project is unique in that it requires a design sensitivity to existing context, and delicate construction approach in order to minimize destruction to this special place. It combines woodland restoration and “conservation” method with a “gardenesque” approach.

Design Team: Bravura Architects, Patrick Henry, Tom Smarr, and Rick Darke



Bravura wins AIA Kentucky MERIT AWARD for the Old Forester Distillery!

Bravura Architecture wins AIA Kentucky MERIT AWARD for Excellence in Architectural Design for the Old Forester Distillery!

“With its beautiful detailing and expert integration of branding elements, the Old Forester Distillery renovation represents a triumphant return to the company’s original home. A carefully designed procession of spaces leads visitors through a variety of production and storage areas to the rooftop event terrace. The jury appreciated the well-balanced attitude toward new architectural insertions within the historic building context.”

Congratulations to the Old Forester Distillery team!

Architect of Record: Bravura
Concept Designer: Imagination
Owner: Brown-Forman Corporation
Civil Engineer: Ehi Consultants
Structural Engineer: Slesser Engineering
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc.
Lighting Design: Focus Lighting
General Contractor: Messer Construction Co.



The Woodland Garden Continues to Grow

Exciting things are happening at The Parklands of Floyds Fork! Stay tuned for the next phase of The Woodland Garden- featuring this dry laid stone bridge.



Rolling Stone Magazine names Old Forester Distillery “Best Bourbon Experience”

Music wasn’t the only thing that got Rolling Stone’s attention during Forecastle Festival- Bravura Architecture’s Old Forester Distillery also made the top 15 list!

Best Bourbon Experience: Old Forester
The presence (and scent) of bourbon looms large over Forecastle, with the centerpiece the annual Bourbon Lodge. A massive tent located on the festival grounds, the refuge is stocked with enough booze to turn the already muddy Ohio River an even deeper brown. Iconic Kentucky brands Wild Turkey, Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark all represent, but this year it was the 148-year-old Old Forester that had the most buzz, thanks in part to the June opening of a new distillery on Louisville’s Whiskey Row. It’s a bourbon fan’s dream, and even features its own on-site team of coopers building, charring and rolling out the barrels. J.H.



Bravura’s Old Forester Distillery Opens


Take a first look at Bravura’s Old Forester​ Distillery and then book your tour for an even closer look (and taste)!

See more of the distillery here.




First a Park: Buildings as Landscape


Bravura is excited to share our proposal for The Wheelhouse Project in Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood!

See more of this vision for Smoketown here.




Take a bite of “contemporary coolness” at Bravura’s Birracibo!


The Courier-Journal describes the atmosphere at Bravura’s Birracibo as “a giant bite of contemporary coolness imparted by sleek textures, natural wood and that’s really neat lighting. On a scale of one to five, five being distinct and detailed without stretching for effect, the interior is a five.”

Read more of the Courier-Journal’s review here.



The Parklands of Floyds Fork is quickly becoming the “favorite new park in the country”!


Inspired by Frederick Law Olmsted, Bravura’s The Parklands of Floyds Fork is quickly becoming the “favorite new park in the country” and inspiring park design from coast to coast!

Click here to find out why.



Louisville Waterfront Pavilion Competition Exhibition at KMAC Museum

  • By Eric Huelsman

Louisville Waterfront Pavilion Competition Exhibition at KMAC Museum

Bravura was excited to participate in the Louisville Waterfront Pavilion Competition this spring.  The competition invited a broad range of architects and engineers to design temporary pavilions that will shelter various festival activities for the upcoming Centennial Festival of Riverboats celebration in honor of the Belle of Louisville’s 100th anniversary taking place on the Louisville Waterfront from October 14- 19, 2014.

All the competition design entries will be on view at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft from April 19th through June 29th.   Be sure to stop by and vote for your favorite pavilion.

Click Here to find out more about this exhibit.