Mark Major, Clementine Fletcher-Smith, Ewan Parsons
In June 2018, The Macallan opened their newly constructed production facility and visitor experience in Speyside, Scotland. From the dramatic first glimpse of its curving roofline glowing in the hillside, light guides and enhances the visitor experience.
Within the main production facility, we layered the light to reveal the scale and form of the architecture while also highlighting the alchemy within the stills, pipes and other machinery that makes up the distilling equipment. Choreography of the light further enhances the telling of The Macallan story.
Light is integral to every aspect of the building. The play of light glowing through glass and liquid enriches the retail and hospitality spaces. In the exhibition area, engaging details are meticulously integrated into the displays. ATEX compliant operational light for the production facility forms a separately controlled layer that does not compromise the creative visual impact.
Visitor tours culminate in a kaleidoscopic light experience. Set within the 'Cave Privée', a circular whisky store, dynamic coloured light interacts with the dark polished surfaces creating a spectacular finale.