The Macallan Distillery, in the Scottish Highlands, harmonizes with the landscape thanks to its green roof

The Macallan whisky has been produced in Scotland, in the Easter Ealchies Estate, since 1824. In 2014, The Macallan decided to build a new distillery to offer its customers a new visitor experience. The new Macallan Distillery, 400 m from the previous facility, is the first designed by an international studio, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, in the Speyside region.

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The Speyside, in the Scottish Highlands, is the region that hosts the distilleries that produce the most famous Scottish whiskies, Chivas, Glenlivet, Glen Grant, and The Macallan. The landscape is extremely green, dotted with buildings perfectly integrated into the landscape.

In order to adapt to the surrounding landscape, the firm focused on an architecture with a green roof, which blends perfectly into the landscape. The roof consists of 1,800 single beams, 2,500 different elements and 380,000 individual components, almost none of which are identical to each other. The result is one of the world’s most complex roofs.

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Inside the building, the production cells are arranged in a linear open-plan layout, making it possible to follow the stages of the production process. These cells are reflected in the structure of the roof, made of gently undulating wood. The five hills of the green roof, entirely covered with grass, rise and fall from The Macallan estate grounds, indicating to visitors the activity that takes place beneath.

Lastly, the new distillery has made it possible to increase the production of The Macallan whisky by a third.

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