China Winery, 2008

Wooden Model   

Wooden Model   

Wooden Model   

Wooden Model   

Perspective View of the Entrance  

Perspective Interior View   

Entrance Bridge  

Night View and Reflections   

Bird's eye View   

Kir Yianni Winery, 2008

Architectural Design:
Kokkinou Maria, Kourkoulas Andreas

Consultant Architect:
John Peponis

Associate Architect:
Nicholas Paplomatas

Structural Engineer:
Andreas Mitsopoulos

Electrical Mechanical Engineer:
P. & H. Argyros

Sustainable Design:
Aris Tsangrasoulis, Vasilis Geros

Project Info:
Use: Winery
Location: Lanzhou, China
Total Surface: 5000 sqm.
Materials: Exposed Concrete

The winery as a distillation machine

The linear, geometric organization of the vineyards and the process of converting grapes into wine as well the storage under the earth, was the starting point for this proposal. Rows of vines are 'strings' that vibrate symmetrically above and below ground.

The curvature upwards creates the dumps and processing of grapes.

The curvature downwards creates the storage areas inside the earth.

The water surface gathers the necessary water for the production process of wine and acts as a mirror, doubling the form through reflection.

The harvest of grapes is led through the ramp by trucks at the peak of the curve and repositioned in the hoppers. Access to the storage of wine is via the ramp sinking into the ground.

The functional aspect of wine production is organized along the strings.

Visitor approach is axial, perpendicular to the curve. The entrance passage acquires a ritual significance with visitors entering via a bridge over the water mass overlooking the production process.

The materials used are exposed concrete and glass. Shading as well as translucency is achieved with the use of bamboo canes.

The vibrating strings are a direct reference to music and rhythm, both conditions associated with the Dionysian character.

(visit Kir Yanni Wineries website here)