New Macallan Distillery Speyside Building, Scottish Whisky Development, Visitors Attraction
New Macallan Distillery Building
Lighting at Whisky Production Building in Scotland – design by Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners
1 June + 25 May 2018
New Macallan Distillery Building in Speyside
Design: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP)
Location: Easter Elchies estate, Speyside, North East Scotland
New Macallan Distillery in Speyside
SPEIRS + MAJOR’S LIGHTING DESIGN ENCAPSULATES THE SPIRIT OF THE MACALLAN
Speirs + Major have unveiled their lighting design for The Macallan new distillery and visitor experience on the Easter Elchies estate, Speyside, North East Scotland.
Photographs below © Magnum Photos
The design references the dynamic light qualities found in the local landscape and the world’s leading single malt whisky that is produced on the site, while shaping a unique experience of the complex distilling process at the heart of the brand.
Speirs + Major bring their extensive experience in illuminating a wide range of architectural settings to this project and have collaborated closely with the client, Edrington, to create an engaging atmospheric design that encapsulates the spirit of The Macallan.
The design uses a balance of light and darkness to:
• Create a sense of theatre: The ability of light to transform our perception of scale and space is expertly employed, building a sense of revelation into the visitor journey. From the dramatic first glimpse of the illuminated undulating roofline and the mirrored reflection of trees and path lights, light itself leads the way into and through the visitor experience. Inside, skilled choreography of the lit effect creates layering and depth.
Light is used to celebrate the impressive scale and unique form of the architecture, while simultaneously evoking the subtle alchemy within the pipes and distilling equipment. The experience culminates with a spectacular immersive experience in the Cave Privée – a unique circular whisky store – where programmable dynamic light combines with black polished surfaces to create stunning kaleidoscopic effects.
• Showcase the product: The magical play of light on liquid and glass is used to reveal the true colours of The Macallan. Different qualities of light are deployed throughout the bar and visitor experience, alluding to the breadth of tasting notes that characterise The Macallan.
Photos below © Speirs + Major
Light reveals the depth and purity of the liquid when nosing, and backlit bottles glow jewel-like against dark backgrounds to entice customers.
A soaring brand wall made of hundreds of bottles forms a dynamic tapestry of light, glass and liquid, in dramatic contrast to the quiet shadows of the bar where customers can experience the quiet pleasure of an exceptional dram.
• Support the brand story: The Macallan combines tradition and a commitment to quality, while embracing innovation. The lighting design draws on this dialectic to generate a strong sense of narrative through the revelation of surfaces, textures and space.
Within the main production facilities, light highlights the sculptural forms and characteristic materials of the process equipment. Colour provides visual cues; cool blue for the stainless steel cold process equipment, and amber red hues for the hot copper stills. Programmed scenes enable a strong focus on a single entity, or a full revelation of the space. Lighting cues allow these scenes to evolve over the course of a tour, to support and enhance the telling of the whisky-making story.
Working closely with the exhibition designers, light is meticulously integrated into the experience of each display: from backlit text, to orchestrated shafts of ‘sunlight’, to an illuminated single drop of liquid. In parallel to this creative and dramatic light, simple efficient operational light is added as a layer within the design. This light accommodates the stringent working requirements of the facility, without compromising the visual impact of the visitor experience.
Mark Major, Principal, Speirs + Major, commented: “Providing the flexibility, by day and after dark, not only to support the visitor experience but also the operational requirements of a working distillery presented a significant challenge – but one that we found both exciting and inspiring. The vision for the project afforded us a remarkable creative opportunity. We carefully crafted the balance of light, darkness, colour and texture not only to respond to the narrative of the project but also to the special quality of the natural light and the way it reveals the whisky-making process and the architecture in its landscape setting.”
Clementine Fletcher-Smith, Associate Partner, Speirs + Major, added: “It has been a unique and exciting project to work on given not only the impressive architectural design but also the beauty of the objects within it. Working with The Macallan and their design team to explore how light can be used to reveal the narrative of their product, as well as to enhance the architecture itself, has enabled the lighting to become an inherent part of the whisky experience. The Macallan’s passion for creating something really special has allowed us to choreograph an experience that is truly unprecedented, and it has been so rewarding to see how positive their response has been.”
The distillery designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) – and the associated visitor experience designed by Atelier Brückner – are scheduled to open to the public in the summer of 2018.
New Macallan Distillery on Speyside – Building Information
Client Edrington Group
Lighting Designer Speirs + Major
Architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Exhibition Design Atelier Brückner
Landscape Architect Gillespies
About Speirs + Major
Speirs + Major are an independent, award-winning design practice that uses light and dark to enhance the experience of the built environment. The practice’s output is wide-ranging in terms of type and scale and encompasses lighting for architecture, urban design and strategic branding, as well as innovative product development. Speirs + Major work in close collaboration with their clients, and with their architects and design partners. Light and dark reveal the core principles of the design, often creating a strong visual narrative, while becoming an integral part of the final built form.
This approach combines creativity with pragmatism, ensuring their solutions are both sustainable and easy to manage, and has guided the practice through hundreds of successful lighting projects around the world. These include: creating the external identity and interior ambience of Copenhagen Opera House, supporting the spirituality of the interior of St Paul’s Cathedral, London; designing at an industrial scale whilst revealing and enhancing the architectural form for Barajas Airport, Madrid; masterplanning the public realm experience at King’s Cross after dark; and using light as a fundamental part of brand identity for Armani’s flagship stores and buildings.
About The Macallan
Founded in 1824, The Macallan is one of the worlds most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character, founded upon a set of guiding principles, the Six Pillars. An obsession with quality has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its’ founding by Alexander Reid on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland. The distillery is surrounded by a 150-hectare estate, with Easter Elchies House at its heart, a Highland Manor built in 1700.
Edrington owns some of the leading Scotch whisky and rum brands in the world, including The Macallan, The Famous Grouse, Highland Park, Cutty Sark, The Glenrothes, Brugal and Snow Leopard vodka. Edrington is headquartered in Scotland and employs around 3,000 people in its companies and joint venture operations worldwide, with over 70% employed overseas. The company owns its route to market in 13 countries, and operates the remainder through joint venture and third party agreements. Edrington’s principal shareholder is The Robertson Trust, which has donated over £250 million to a variety of charitable causes since 1961.
The new distillery and visitor experience in numbers:
• The Macallan has been produced on Easter Elchies Estate since 1824
• The new distillery and visitor experience is located just 400 metres from the existing
• The project has taken three years and six months to complete (Dec 2014 –May 2018)
• £140m was invested and 60 new jobs are set to be created
• The roof of the distillery is one of the most complicated timber structures in the world, comprising 1,800 single beams, 2,500 different roof elements, and 380,000 individual com ponents, almost none of which are equal or the same
• During construction, up to 400 people specialising in over 20 different trades were
employed on site
• The first spirit run took place in November 2017 and production was passed to the new
distillery in December 2017
• The stills in the new distillery are the exact same shape, size and lyne arm orientation as those used in the previous distillery and have been made by Scottish coppersmiths Forsyths, who have been making the brand’s distinctive, ‘curiously small’ stills for The Macallan since the 1950s
• Around 95 per cent of the energy consumed will be from renewable sources
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Macallan Distillery in Speyside, Speyside, Highlands – Northern Scotland
Design: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP)
photo © Simon PricePA Wire
New Macallan Distillery Building
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