Bodega Bauer Winery and Vinyard Estate, Mendoza, Argentina

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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