The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Charlestown of Aberlour

Ingenious fusion of architecture, whisky technology and impactful interiors

The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Charlestown of Aberlour.
The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Charlestown of Aberlour. Credit: Mark Power

Scotland RIBA Regional Award 2019

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Edrington
Contract value: £140m
GIA: 20,872m²
Cost per m²:  £6,707

The rolling roofscape of this building echoes the form of the surrounding hills and conceals an exceptionally well resolved and ingenious fusion of architecture, whisky technology and impactful interior settings displaying the heritage of the Macallan brand. Visitors arrive along a processional landscape walk. The internal journey continues under a warmly lit majestic double-curvature timber gridshell roof. The combination of atmospheric lighting with the architectural form and the intriguing arrangement of stills and exhibits creates a sense of drama throughout this hugely impressive building.

Click to read Isabelle Priest’s review of RSHP’s Macallan distillery in RIBAJ July 2018.

Timber Award sponsored by Scottish Forestry and Wood for Good

  • The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Charlestown of Aberlour.
    The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Charlestown of Aberlour. Credit: Joas Souza
  • The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Charlestown of Aberlour.
    The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Charlestown of Aberlour. Credit: Joas Souza
  • The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Charlestown of Aberlour.
    The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Charlestown of Aberlour.
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