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Glenkinchie Distillery

Great design distilled

A multi award-winning design has transformed an abandoned whisky warehouse into a thriving visitor centre and community hub. Glenkinchie Distillery in East Lothian is one of the last remaining lowland distilleries, affectionately nicknamed ‘the garden distillery.’ Michael Laird Architects were set a challenging brief to convert a B-listed Victorian warehouse into a modern visitor centre for client Diageo. At the same time, the project was to achieve zero waste to landfill.

European Oak | Silk | Glenkinchie Distillery | Michael Laird Architects | GL Floors | Keith Hunter Photography
European Oak | Silk | Glenkinchie Distillery | Michael Laird Architects | GL Floors | Keith Hunter Photography
European Oak | Silk | Michael Laird Architects | GL Floors | Greg Urquhart Photography
European Oak | Silk | Michael Laird Architects | GL Floors | Greg Urquhart Photography

Touch of nature

The architects reinvented the entrance to the building, with a stunning landscaped garden and burn reinforcing the garden distillery concept and leading visitors to a new entrance to the west elevation. There, large glazed panels punctuated light through the stone walls into newly-created full height pockets of space.

Authentic charm

The contemporary interventions were bold but sensitively done, with original materials such as an old stable reused and repurposed to add authenticity and charm. Russwood light European Oak sits perfectly within this modern but natural aesthetic. Created using wire brushes to pull out the soft spring wood, the brushed oak offers a textured but durable surface. Contractors GL Floors selected 15mm engineered boards with a 4mm oak top layer for added stability.

European Oak | Silk | Glenkinchie Distillery | Michael Laird Architects | GL Floors | Keith Hunter Photography
European Oak | Silk | Glenkinchie Distillery | Michael Laird Architects | GL Floors | Keith Hunter Photography
European Oak | Silk | Glenkinchie Distillery | Michael Laird Architects | GL Floors | Keith Hunter Photography
European Oak | Silk | Glenkinchie Distillery | Michael Laird Architects | GL Floors | Keith Hunter Photography

Award winning

Glenkinchie was named winner of the Building Re-Use category in the Scottish Design Awards 2021 and commended at the Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards 2021.

Russwood were delighted to work with Michael Laird Architects to create bespoke floor boards for this special project. Sawn at a 20° angle on the short edge, the boards mimic the label of the famous Johnnie Walker bottle while a micro-bevel on the long edge creates a more rustic finish.

Naomi Russell (Flooring Manager)

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