and Bebidas group wanted a building that would be an icon for its
prestigeous new wine │la Rioja Alavesa▓ and at the same time accomodate the
precise and rigorous program of spaces needed to make, store and sell wine.
The site is
uneven, with pronounced grade changes of as much as 10 meters from the
highest levels in the north, to the lowest in the south. About half of the
site is occupied by vineyards.
adopted the strategy of giving a volumetric treatment to the roof and walls
- physical limits of the landscape outside and the winery within - so that
continuity between the two spaces is achieved through the │static movement▓
of the enclosures.
Two 196 meter long concrete, load - bearing walls, placed 26 meters apart,
trace a sinusoidal shape in both plan and elevation.
facade is clad with horizontally placed cedar slats that, reflected in the
pools, resemble a row of wine barrels. The pools are tiled with white
The aluminum roof paneling creates a material contrast to the warm wood of
the facade. The effect of sunlight accentuates the roof volume creating a
kinetic effect in contrast to the calm background of the vineyard.
to the north is precast concete panels with few narrow openings.The eastern
and western facades are clad in fret aluminum plates.
composed of a series of laminated wooden beams, supported on the staggered
sinusoidal cornice of the lateral walls, is treated as a continuation of the
facades. The result is a ruled surface wave, which combines concave and
convex surfaces as it evolves along the longitudinal axis.
is outlined as a simple rectangular plan, along an east - west axis, to
accommodate the linear program for the wine making process.
Two entrances in the side facades emphasize this linearity.
center of the building the roof protrudes in a continuous volume over the
Visitors Center that is conceived as a balcony overlooking the winery and
the vineyards. A granite bridge across the pools gives access to the
area: 8,000 square meters.
Bodegas and Bebidas group.