Foster & Partners has unveiled these images of its first ever winery - the Faustino Winery in the wine-making region of Ribera del Duero, 150km north of Madrid.
The scheme catapults the practice into a growing group of designers who have been asked to mastermind 'high-end' vineyard and wine-storing projects in recent years, including Richard Rogers, Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava.
Designed to house 1 million bottles of red wine a year, the 11,300m2
complex will be partly buried in the undulating site next to the main route between Madrid and Bilbao.
The complex, which will stand 10.5m at its highest point, is split into three wings and will be made from oak, Cor-ten steel and glass, 'relating to the production of wine itself.'
A spokesman for Foster & Partners said the trefoil design was the 'logical result of a rationalisation of the wine-making process.'
A road will climb up the roof of the buildings allowing harvested grapes to be poured straight down into the hopper.
Ambitiously, it is hoped the building will be completed by the end of the year.by Richard Waite