Go-ahead given to Raasay Distillery
February 10 2016distillery at Borodale House, Raasay.
This will see the existing 1870’s villa retained and later extensions dating from the 1980’s demolished to make way for a whisky production centre, with the villa itself accommodating a bar and tasting room at ground floor level with en-suite rooms above.
Designed by ABIR Architects the production facility will be faced in black vertical corrugated aluminium cladding and windows obscured by horizontal timber louvres.
A visitor centre defined as a ‘shining node’ will connect old and new elements with an eye catch gold colour copper alloy and large glazed openings within a form designed to echo the shape of Raasay’s highest peak, Dún Caan.
In their design statement the architects said: “The front elevation of the main volume and stills room will be punctured with glazing covered with timber louvres at unequal spacings to enable visitors and passers by a glimpse of the activity occuring within. Black finished vertical corrugated panels adjacent to each window will appear like sliding shutters as might be found on agrarian buildings and steadings. The building is set on a pre-cast concrete plinth that flows into the connection with the visitor centre.”
Production of the first malt whisky is set to get underway in early 2017.
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