The Art of Architecture

The Art of Architecture

Series 1 - Episode 6



Whisky-loving viewers won’t want to miss this episode, which explores the undulating new Macallan distillery on Speyside that opened last year. It’s a thing of beauty, perfectly coordinated with the rolling hills nearby (to be honest, it looks a bit like Hobbiton…), but engineered in steel, glass and wood with astounding precision, and houses the distillery’s giant copper stills as well as a visitors’ centre.

The mastermind behind the project is Graham Stirk, a softly spoken Leeds native who joined Richard Rogers’ London practice in the early 1980s, and has clearly not lost any of his youthful passion for his craft. He’s used to working on grand City projects – the Lloyds Building, the Cheesegrater – but this was quite a different process. Slàinte!


Graham Stirk's Macallan distillery on Speyside, a project on which he used his experience of working on the Lloyd's Building and 122 Leadenhall Street in the City of London.