Architecture

Scottish whisky distillery blends into the landscape with undulating green roof

According to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the building's roof is one of the most complex timber structures in the world
According to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the building's roof is one of the most complex timber structures in the world
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience is located in the same Scottish estate that has been producing whisky since 1824
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience is located in the same Scottish estate that has been producing whisky since 1824
Grass and wildflowers grow atop the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience building
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Grass and wildflowers grow atop the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience building
According to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the building's roof is one of the most complex timber structures in the world
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According to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the building's roof is one of the most complex timber structures in the world
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's budget came in at £140 million (around US$187 million)
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's budget came in at £140 million (around US$187 million)
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's roof consists of 1,800 timber beams and 380,000 individual components
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's roof consists of 1,800 timber beams and 380,000 individual components
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience contains new stills that are the exact same shape, size as those used in the original distillery
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience contains new stills that are the exact same shape, size as those used in the original distillery
View of steam pipework and process machinery beneath in the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience
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View of steam pipework and process machinery beneath in the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's new facilities boost whisky production by up to a third
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's new facilities boost whisky production by up to a third
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience took up to 400 people a total of three years and six month to complete
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience took up to 400 people a total of three years and six month to complete
Visitors to the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience are greeted with an exhibition and gallery area, before progressing through a sequence of production areas that follow the distilling of the whisky
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Visitors to the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience are greeted with an exhibition and gallery area, before progressing through a sequence of production areas that follow the distilling of the whisky
View of the glazed compartment wall between the Visitor Experience and the production Still Houses in the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience
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View of the glazed compartment wall between the Visitor Experience and the production Still Houses in the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience contains new stills that are the exact same shape, size as those used in the original distillery
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience contains new stills that are the exact same shape, size as those used in the original distillery
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's timber roof is extraordinary 
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's timber roof is extraordinary 
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's timber roof consists of 1,800 timber beams and 380,000 individual components
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's timber roof consists of 1,800 timber beams and 380,000 individual components
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's budget came in at £140 million (around US$187 million)
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's budget came in at £140 million (around US$187 million)
As the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's living roof continues to grow, it will blend in more fully with the rolling landscape
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As the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's living roof continues to grow, it will blend in more fully with the rolling landscape
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience is located in the same Scottish estate that has been producing whisky since 1824
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience is located in the same Scottish estate that has been producing whisky since 1824

The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience, by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, boosts production for the Scottish firm known for its single malt whisky. It's a remarkable looking building, and is defined by a large undulating timber roof that's topped by greenery, helping it take its place among the surrounding countryside.

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 (around US$187 million), including all the equipment needed to make the whisky. Construction took up to 400 people three years and six months to complete.

The building measures 14,800 sq m (159,305 sq ft) and is part-buried into a slope. Its design is inspired by ancient Scottish earthworks and is also a response to the rolling landscape that surrounds it.

The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's roof consists of 1,800 timber beams and 380,000 individual components
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's roof consists of 1,800 timber beams and 380,000 individual components

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners says the roof is one of the most complex timber structures in the world. It certainly looks impressive and consists of 1,800 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 facade and its interior includes a visitors center, 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 whisky is distilled.

Check out the video below for a look at the construction process.

Source: RSHP

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