RIAS Andrew Doolan Award Winner 2019

£140m Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience Scoops Scotland’s Best Building Award

The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Aberlour, by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners wins the 2019 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

Seven worthy winners of RIAS Awards for 2019 were shortlisted for the coveted 2019 Doolan Prize.

The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience was designed to deliver a unique brand and home at their historic site in Speyside. The contemporary distillery reveals the production processes and welcomes visitors while remaining sensitive to the beautiful surrounding countryside.

The award was presented at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, a previous Doolan winner, by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Ms Aileen Campbell. The award is generously supported by the late Andrew Doolan’s mother and family and by the Scottish Government.

Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell, said:

“The RIAS Andrew Doolan Award underlines the importance that Scotland places on good design, and this year’s winning project, The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, is an outstanding addition to our built environment.

We will continue to support the architecture and design sector so that Scotland’s buildings and places enrich our lives, lessen our environmental impact and contribute to our cultural and national identity”

The judges for this year’s award were Prof. Sadie Morgan, from Stirling Prize winning practice, dRMM; Henry McKeown, Director of the award-winning Scottish Practice jm architect and Prof. Mona Siddiqui OBE Hon FRIAS, from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity. The judges commented:

“The attention to detail and the consistency and control of aesthetic decisions in this building is incredibly impressive. The technology of how the architecture is made, is complimented by the theatrical arrangement, and format of the locally crafted copper whisky stills, mash tanks and the labyrinth of pipework that connects them and makes them work. This is a harmonious, confident, highly accomplished work at every level. The same level of care and attention to detail and painstaking co-ordination was also evident in the mechanical and electrical design of this vast machine, everything has been thought through and built expertly. For the jury this building was the undisputed winner of this prestigious award.”

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