[FIRST LOOK] Foster + Partners has completed its first winery - the Faustino Winery in the wine-making region of Ribera del Duero, 150km north of Madrid
Designed to house one million bottles of red wine a year, the 12,500m² building is partly buried in the undulating site next to the main route between Madrid and Bilbao.
The building is split into three wings and concrete structure is clad in shingles of Cor-ten steel. Each wing houses a different function: fermentation in steel vats; ageing in oak barrels; and finally, ageing in bottles.
At the heart of the winery a raised, public gallery extends into glazed mezzanine areas.
Foster said: ‘Bodegas Portia is our first winery, so we had no preconceptions about how it should work. It was an opportunity to start from first principles – to examine the different stages of wine production and to try to create the ideal conditions for them to unfold.
‘The wine was the starting point, as well as the beautiful setting in Ribera del Duero. Using materials that draw on the region’s wine making traditions, with public spaces open to the landscape, will enhance the visitor experience.’
The scheme was originally scheduled to complete by the end of 2007.
Foster joins a growing group number of architects to have completed ‘high-end’ vineyard and wine-storing projects in recent years, including Richard Rogers, Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava.