Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Design New The Macallan Distillery
The Macallan has been making its world renowned Scotch whisky on the same Easter Elchies estate since 1824. But like any successful business, The Macallan understand they need to move with the times. So while their single malt won’t be touched, their distillery has just been given a modern makeover. And it is stunning.
Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the £140 million facility is a far cry from their humble Speyside beginnings. The highlight is a green undulating roof which is said to replicate the surrounding hills. Dubbed the ‘most complicated timber roof structure in the world’, the structure is formed of 380,000 individual components.
The new The Macallan Distillery was built with 95% sustainable sources and features everything you’d expect from a new whisky digs, including brand new stills replicated from the originals, which happened to culminate in the largest copper order ever for the industry.
The new building occupies an old Victorian mill which used to produce paper for English bank notes. Macallan say that the new set-up will increase production by up to a third. It also features a shiny new visitor centre, which takes guests on a journey that matches that of the whisky distilling process.
There’s also a brand new bar on site which will stock a staggering 952 different expressions, and the standard tour even includes four drams to sample. The opening of the distillery comes just as a 60-year-old Macallan fetched £756,000 at Bonhams’ Hong Kong auction house last week.
The Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed The Macallan Distillery is set to open on the 2nd June. Head over to The Macallan Website for tour details.
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