The transformation of this industrial winery into a wine cultural centre is the perfect opportunity to create a stimulating cultural environment. By preserving, renovating and adding to this traditional winery, we have created various open spaces, pathways and plazas, to foster conversations, learning and interactions. Based on our vision of Architecting Interaction, we do not believe in designing interactions, instead we design the contexts that foster interactions. This winery is designed to foster the interactions that would specifically enhance the delicate environment of a wine cultural centre. Among others, the most important interactions that this new context stimulates are collaboration, learning, creating, tasting, practicing and conversing. It is only in a winery that foster such interactions that a rich experience of understanding and innovation can emerge.
The quality of the product is as good as it produces. Therefore, to ensure the quality and quantity of the wine, farmers use grafting. In this technique a piece of living tissue from the shoot of the grapes is joined to its stem and root system, resulting in the growth of a single plant.
The architecture of this winery learns from its process. To reflect the journey of wine making through architectural expression, grafting is applied to the space. The intervention consists of an addition on the Eastern and Northen side of the site, wrapping around the existing winery.
To regenerate the building, its existing program is wrapped into a new and fresh extension. As the existing building represents the source i.e. the grapes, the addition of new platforms and new spaces represents the implementation of the graft. The ties are represented by an interactive pathway, main element of junction between old and new, which takes both visitors and staff through a journey of discovery.
The result is a new whole, as a rendition of the new plant: rejuvenated and prosperous.
The correspondence between the path and the journey of wine making is an expression of fostering interactions between people through learning.
The path itself is a mediated link between the existing winery and the added new spaces. The new program is complementary to the existing one, while still allowing for a modern interpretation of the new functions. The eastern face would compose a skin reflecting the concept of grafting. The transition between two different materials, one transparent exposing the old winery, and the second more opaque introducing the new added building, highlights the grafting and the rejuvenation of the old by intriguing the new.
The area is characterized by Mediterranean weather with hot summers and cold winters. It is protected by Preapli Lessiniche from the North and from the South it overlooks the hills and the valley. Bora is the most dominant wind in winter and it comes from the North/East, a less frequent wind is Scirocco, coming from the South/East. In summer breezes come frequently from the North/West.
The skin and the roof are all designed as technological elements. The East side is composed of solar panels, transitioning from transparent panels to opaque panels, to allow a transition from visual porosity to more privacy. The panels would rotate during the day to benefit from maximum solar radiation. The North side is essentially opaque with few openings to reduce energy consumption.
The roof is a green roof with grapes on the terraces of the new portion of the building while the rest is used for photovoltaic solar systems, rainfall collection and depuration and water phitodepuration.
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