The Macallan Distillery - Arup, L&S Baucon GmbH, Robertson, Wiehag GmbH & Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
ST Awards 2018 - WINNER of Winners
Since its unveiling earlier in the year, the Macallan Distillery has quickly become an iconic, multi-award winning building, showcasing engineered wood via the most complex timber roof structure ever built in the UK. Across the board the Judging Panel were hugely impressed on virtually every level.
Built on the Easter Elchies estate in Speyside, the new flagship £140 million Macallan Distillery roof consists of five domes which mirror the surrounding landscape. The undulating timber roof structure comprising 380,000 individual components. Each junction and beam has a specific name and has been tested in over 160 different load conditions while ‘The Swiss Alpine Design code’ has been used to understand the effects of wind, snow and ice on the intricate structure.
The 207m long roof comprises 1,798 PEFC-certified glulam timber beams and 2,447 roof decks delivered in 130 just-in-time deliveries, making up a 3 x 3m waffle grid that carries 2,500 cassettes that support a natural meadow green roof. It took almost 12 months of work, using collaborative design and bespoke parametric modelling software, to define the complex geometry and realise the fluidity of the structure.
To view the full article please go to Special Edition 2018.