The relatively simple programme occupies two levels and has a total surface area of 1000 m2
. The ground level houses an exhibition area, a degustation space and a retail area, while on the upper floor, a wine tasting area, a small conference room and several office spaces are organized around a hexagonal void.
In fact, the entire atrium has a hexagonal shape, but this only becomes apparent in this central void. Here, a metallic staircase links both levels beneath a glass structure composed of various segments, which evoke the garnet colours of red wine and generate a very special ambience and light quality. The rich contrast between the translucency of these glass prisms and the opacity and strength of the building skin provides a warm and comfortable environment. While on the top floor natural diffuse light enters from pre-existing openings bathing the space in a bright white light, on the ground floor the intensity of the wine-coloured glass – and the lack of natural light – creates a more dramatic mise en scène for the ritual of wine tasting.
The intense chromatic experience and the pleasant spatiality of this project intuitively make you feel that what you really need right now is a glass of fine red wine. (Carlos M. Guimarães)
Conversion, Glass, Interior, Light |