VIK Wine Cellar
Bird Air (PTFE engineers)
Vik Wines Ltda.
The 280 m long building is partly buried in the middle of a field. The landscaping operation on its immediate environs is quite obviously to passersby. The hardest work at the winery is done with natural lighting and ventilation beneath this roof.
The challenge was to implement locally crafted winemaking beyond its usual level. This complex change in the winery concept led to the building's insertion in a world ranging between industry and the landscape.
Visitors enter the building alongside a sheet of flowing water, a series of paths around a facility built from locally collected granite. The water flows beneath the visitors' feet to cool the barrel cellar. The space between the walls containing them opens at one end towards the mountains, while the other end faces the vat room.