The Macallan Distillery & Visitor Experience


The Macallan Distillery & Visitor Experience

Project Info

Built on an estate that has been creating single malt whisky since 1824, The Macallan is one of the most complex timber structures built in the UK.

The scheme’s five domes mirror the surrounding landscape but also allow height for the stratification and exhaust of hot air. A 3x3m lattice of beams is imposed orthogonally on the form-found shell of the roof. This approach allows for structural robustness and gives space for increased shear capacity. The timber is reinforced with steel to act compositely where needed. All the timber elements were fabricated in Austria using advanced CNC machinery. The roof is 207m long and has an area of 13,620m2. The roof package comprised 350,000 separate pieces, including fixings, and almost every piece was different.

LocationCharlestown of Aberlour, Scotland

ArchitectRogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Structural EngineerArup

ContractorRobertson, L&S Baucon GmbH

SpeciesNorway spruce