Winery in China

2008

Architects: Maria Kokkinou – Andreas Kourkoulas
Consultant Architect: John Peponis
Associate: Nicholas Paplomatas
Structural Engineer: Andreas Mitsopoulos
Electrical – Mechanical Engineer: P. & H. Argyros
Sustainable Design:  Aris Tsangrasoulis, Vasilis Geros

Area: 5000 sq.m.

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.