The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience
by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Awards RIAS Award 2019 and RIBA Award for Scotland 2019
This project was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019
The rolling roofscape of this building echoes the form of the surrounding hills and serves to successfully conceal an exceptionally well resolved and ingenious fusion of architecture, whisky technology and impactful interior settings displaying the heritage of the Macallan brand.
A processional landscaped walkway symbolically and physically connects the 18th century laird’s house at the heart of the estate with the new visitor centre. The internal journey continues under a warmly lit majestic double curvature timber gridshell roof. The combination of atmospheric lighting with the architectural form and the intriguing arrangement of stills and exhibits creates a sense of drama throughout this hugely impressive building. Views through the extensive fully glazed section of the main elevation framed between the floor and the curving eaves provide a constant link between the new building and the enchanting scenery of the Spey river, the source of water that brought the distillery to the site.
Contract Value £140m
Internal Area 20,872 m2
Contractor Robertson Construction Group
Quantity Surveyor Equals Consultancy
Structural Engineer Arup
M&E Engineer Arup
Project Manager Equals Consultancy