The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience is defined by a large undulating timber green roof that blends the building into the surrounding landscape and will boost production for the Scottish firm known for its single malt whiskey
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners features a sustainable green roof, inspired by Scottish earthworks, that blends into the surrounding. The remarkable building takes its place among the surrounding countryside, with grass and wildflowers growing over it. image1
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience is located on the same Speyside estate that has been producing Macallan whisky since 1824. The project's budget came in at £140 million, including all the equipment needed to make the whiskey. Construction took a team of 400 people three years and six months to complete.
The building measures 14,800-square-metres and is partially buried into the slope. Its design is inspired by ancient Scottish earthworks and acts as a response to the rolling landscape that surrounds it.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners says the roof is one of the most complex timber structures in the world. The impressive roof consists of 1800 timber beams and 380,000 individual components. Atop the roof grows grass and wildflowers and as these continue to mature, the building will blend in more fully with the landscape.
The building is enclosed by a glazed façade and its interior includes a visitor’s centre, three still houses and a mash house. Visitors are greeted with an exhibition and gallery area, followed by a tour around the production areas where whiskey is distilled.
Check out the video below for a look at the construction process.