Foster + Partners has revealed its design for the Bodegas Faustino winery in Rioja, the heart of the Spanish winemaking region of Oyón.
Drawing upon the site’s industrial heritage, the global firm’s concept comprises a sustainable extension as well as the renovation of original structures, all of which will be crafted to further complement the surrounding landscape and better integrate the winery and the vineyard.
“We are delighted to collaborate with the Familia Martínez Zabala for the second time, having successfully completed Bodegas Portia back in 2010,” says Foster + Partners founder and executive chairman Norman Foster. “Our new project comprises a series of sustainable interventions, ranging from the partial refurbishment of the existing facilities to a new visitor center, which provides a truly unique and immersive experience.”
A newly built steel structure will be erected on the north of the campus to serve as a new entrance and will be contrasted by lightweight timber canopies to accommodate parking. Anti-funicular timber arches will also maximize the building’s structural performance, minimizing the need for additional materials.
A sweeping glass roof equipped with photovoltaic technologies will produce six times the energy consumed by the building, while overhangs on all four sides will reduce solar gain. Daylight will be infused via central skylight and meticulously integrated glazing to diminish the need for artificial light as well. Vaulted column-free interiors—anchored by an asymmetrical core separating two distinctive zones—will feature an earthy palette. A central staircase and lift will also bond the ground floor and a mezzanine cantilevered above the core, overlooking the vineyard landscape.
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