The Macallan Whiskey Distillery

Speyside, Scotland

The Macallan Whiskey Distillery

A distinctive new landscape setting for The Macallan, an iconic whisky distillery and visitor centre in Speyside, Scotland.

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Designed by architects RSHP, on behalf of The Edrington Group, the new building will provide a facility capable of increased production, and fundamentally flexible to meet the growing and future demands of the distillery.

The industrial nature of the building’s function is sensitively accommodated within a series of grass‑covered, undulating roof forms that are sensitive in scale and materiality, complementing and reinforcing the unique identity that currently exists in this Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV). The facility is embedded within the sloping ground, maximising level changes, and leaving the distinctive roofline to be announced from afar.

The inspiration behind the landscape expands upon and celebrates the unique and familiar characteristics of the area that so successfully marry the natural with the industrial, combining the natural elements of water, stone, sun and barley — elements so inherent in the whisky making craft. A series of new outdoor experiences and dramatic arrival spaces send visitors on a dynamic journey through the landscapes that unfurl and reveal the built form beneath them.