Meet Luxurious Distillery and visitor center occupying 370 acre area. Nearly 200 years after The Macallan’s debut in 1824, the luxury single malt Scotch producer has unveiled this distillery in Craigellachie.
It is designed by Rogers Strik Harbour and partners. The new distillery took six years of planning and a price tag of approximately $186 million.
“People can now take a pilgrimage to Macallan,” says Ken Grier, The Macallan’s creative director. “It is an architectural marvel, and it gives us a fantastic, world class destination.”
The rooftop of the distillery has been designed as a series of rolling grass covered peaks, a geodesic structure touted as one of the most complex timber structures in the world, according to the news aired.
The building is actually buried into the grassy hillside, with Grier describing the project’s scope as akin to building a horizontal skyscraper. It’s all meant to fit into the surrounding environs of the estate, and 95% of its energy requirements will come via renewable sources.
The distillery inspired from a number of Scottish architectural and historical points of reference, as well as from Santiago Calatrava’s Bodegas Ysios in Spain.
“We’re not satisfied just being the leading Scotch whisky brand, but the ultimate luxury spirit in the world,” says Crawford Gillies, chairman of The Edrington Group, owners of The Macallan. “This is the facility that fits that image.”
The Macallan’s new distillery and visitor center officially opens to the public on June 2. Tours take approximately 90 minutes and should be booked in advance at themacallan.com.