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Bodega Bauer Winery and Vinyard Estate, Mendoza, Argentina

A vineyard estate at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Mendoz, Argentina that includes a residence and winery production facilities.

Bodega Bauer Winery and Vinyard Estate, Mendoza, Argentina

A vineyard estate at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Mendoz, Argentina that includes a residence and winery production facilities.

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    The winery building is split into two connected, barlike volumes-one contains amenities such as tasting rooms to entertain visitors; the other, the production facilities. The concrete structure does not include wood because any mold brought in on the wood could affect the winemaking process.

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    On another portion of the site, the proprietor's estate house does feature wood: Old barrel staves are fabricated into a sunscreen that wraps the upper level of the structure. Long and narrow, the two-story house contains six bedrooms and an indoor garden.

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    In the winery building, public areas such as an outdoor café and a tasting room were designed to accommodate visitors. A wine shop, a private tasting area in the barrel-aging room, and a viewing bridge into the manufacturing facilities were also incorporated into the design.

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    To unify the buildings on the estate, Field Architecture explored a material that could be used in a variety of ways and was unique to the vineyard's operation: wine barrel staves.

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    Used as a finish material, for instance in the sunscreen on the proprietor's house, shown here in mock-up (5), staves were also the inspiration for the patterning of the concrete on the interior walls of the barrel-aging rooms in the winery building. With a digital file that took the basic form of a barrel stave, the pattern was routed into a specific mixture of cast concrete, resulting in seamless panels (4).

Site
A vineyard at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina.

Program
A vineyard estate that includes a residence, winery production facilities, and barrel-aging, bottling, and tasting rooms.

Solution
By using an existing water channel bringing runoff from the Andes as an organizational basis for the design, Field Architecture master planned the site with minimal disruption to the existing vines. Roadways and utilities—as well as two buildings, a winery and a residence—are sited along this channel to fit within the harvesting and production system of the pre-existing vineyard, and the channel provides ready access to water for production and irrigation without the need for additional infrastructure. The concrete winery building is formed by two attached sloping volumes, which house, respectively, the tasting room and public areas and the wine production facility. In the building's barrel-aging room, concrete wall and ceiling panels—achieved using a digital pattern routed into the cast concrete—mimic the impression of the wooden staves that make up wine barrels. At the other building on site, the proprietor's estate, that material language is continued with a sunscreen made from old barrel staves that wraps the upper level of the two-story house.

"At every stage of its elaboration, the project demonstrates considerable depth," Henry Urbach said, "from the site analysis, to the elaboration of the building and the program, to construction details that are actually quite poetic." But one detail did give the jury pause: the decision to use a digital file to rout the stave pattern in the winery, rather than use real staves as formwork. "It does ultimately take it down a notch," Jeanne Gang said, "just knowing that it's not as authentic as it could be."

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Project Credits
Project: Bodega Bauer Winery and Vineyard Estate
Client: Ron Bauer
Architect: Field Architecture, Palo Alto, Calif.—Stan Field, Jess Field (principals); Andy Lin, Jeff Pilotte, Mark Johnson (project team)
Project Manager: Gontovnikas Arq.
Structural Engineer: Paisaje & Jardin
Wine Consultant: Gruppo Matura
Visualization: Field Architecture/SQimages