Urban distillery blends tradition & modernity in Edinburgh
September 19 2019
7N Architects have unveiled Edinburgh’s first new whisky distillery in close to a century with the completion of the Holyrood Distillery in the heart of the city’s Old Town.
Fashioned from a B-listed former Victorian railway station the distillery blends the best of the old and the new to invoke a timeless quality to the distillation of the city’s newest whisky.
This has seen the walls of a gatehouse partially retained to enclose a double-storey retail and tasting area from which picture windows frame views of Holyrood Park and the Salisbury Crags.
In a project statement the architects wrote: “Unlike traditional distilleries, Holyrood is designed to immerse visitors in the drama of each aspect of the distilling process, as they journey through the original historic stone building into the contemporary new structure, culminating in the framed view of Salisbury Crags from the tasting room."
Internally the distillery boasts seven-metre tall copper stills, the tallest in Scotland in proportion to their volume.
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