ekler architect: champagne maturing factory ekler architect: champagne maturing factory
nov 08, 2012

ekler architect: champagne maturing factory

‘champagne maturing factory’ by ekler architect, somló, hungary image © tamás bujnovszky all images courtesy of ekler architect

the ‘champagne maturing factory’ by budapest-based practice ekler architect has been recently completed in hungary’s wine region of somló. the first phase within a larger development, the twin buildings contain the winery and maturing factory. concealed from the approach by a volcanic hill, their orientations are positioned to direct outward views towards the adjacent vineyards.

receiving daylight from above, the monolithic concrete masses evoke tectonic forms of geological forces. the ground level spaces contain the processing and administrative offices and the cave-like cellars facilitate bottling, storage and statistics. the cantilevered structure houses the tasting room for visitors with a panorama of the countryside.

concrete mass cantilevers over the landscape image © tamás bujnovszky

images © tamás bujnovszky

view of vineyards from wine tasting area image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

images © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

images © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

fermentation room image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

lab image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

barrel storage image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

central circulation image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

image © tamás bujnovszky

during construction image © tamás bujnovszky

during construction image © tamás bujnovszky

during construction image © tamás bujnovszky

during construction image © tamás bujnovszky

exterior during construction image © tamás bujnovszky

site context

cave study

floor plan / level 0 1. visitors’ tasting room 2. barrels 3. fermenting 4. manipulation 5. wine reception 6. lab 7. store/stock 8. dining room 9. logistics 10. press room 11. fermenting 12. reception 13. tasters’ room 14. office

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elevation

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project info:




client: szent ilona winery ltd., kreinbacher champagne cellars ltd. architect: dezső ekler, ekler architect ltd team members: árpád koncz, gyöngyi berta, balázs győri, jános gatter, veronika katona, dalma kiss, bálint berki structural engineer: e&h ltd. 
 m&e: phq ltd. interior design: ekler architect, biva ltd. 
 environment design: bojza lp.
contractor:  pannon épszer ltd. photographer: tamás bujnovszky 
total floor area: 5.947 m2 date of completion: 2012

  • Given the recent spate of similar projects, each extraordinary in their way, Ekler has the unenviable task of clearing that “bar” (no pun intended). Instead, it resorts to cantilevers and a vocabulary that has no relationship to the fine art of the activities enclosed…ultimately a fail.
    To be honest, this project never attains relevance status…for commenting. Maybe I’m just wishing db will get their act together…or I’m just tired of bad weather…NYC based as I am.

    Chaszr says:
  • An image of a grape farmer wearing a Dada costume comes to mind.

    mArkW says:
  • Careful with the term “champagne”, the Hungarian facility and the architects presented above have to cover their bases should the french Champagne Region gets wind of this. As with all trademarks, the term is defended by lawyers that are “rabid” at best.

    As for the showy architecture, it may suit the frame of mind of people wanting to ride on the coattails of established industries.

    romain says:

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