virai arquitectos: institutional winery la grajera
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dec 13, 2011
virai arquitectos: institutional winery la grajera



‘institutional winery of la grajera’ by virai arquitectos in logroño, spain
image © jose manuel cutilla
all images courtesy of virai arquitectos

 

 

spanish architecture firm virai arquitectos has completed ‘winery of la grajera’, a building which takes into account its
surrounding landscape of logroño, spain and integrates its form and materials in a vernacular design for the wine-making facility.
the shape of the structure is a response to the sloping site on which it is built. the sandstone façade of the production area
is contrasted with a dark ceramic cladding used for the the small office tower and open institutional pavilion. 
 
 


a combination of ceramic and natural stone façades
image © jose manuel cutilla

 


the foundation of the manufacturing facility of the winery bends and rises to become an element of the landscape. 
located partially below ground, the consistency of temperature is naturally optimized for the wine production process. 
in opposition to the light exterior, the walls of the interior are a dark slate, adding to the feel of being underground. 
the inclined roof is covered by vegetation which increases the thermal isolation needed for storing wine while further integrating
the structure into the surrounding vista. 
 
 


front of small office tower
image © jose manuel cutilla

 

 


view of structure from surrounding field 
image © jose manuel cutilla

 

 


the sloping of building is in dialogue with the surrounding hill 
image © jose manuel cutilla

 

 



view from above
image © jose manuel cutilla

 

 

opposite the raised courtyard, the event space and small office tower is cladded with a ceramic element. the material was created specifically 
for the project in a collaboration between virai arquitectos and spanish ceramic company favetón. the unique shape and quality of
the exterior application allows it to have a uniform look both as a basic facing and as a protective shutter for the continuous curtain wall. 

 

 



interior view 
image © jose manuel cutilla

 



interior circulation space in stone structure 
image © jose manuel cutilla

 



concrete beams in storage facility
image © jose manuel cutilla

 

 


view into barrel storage area 
image © jose manuel cutilla

 

 



night view of courtyard
image © jose manuel cutilla

 

 



site plan

 

 


initial topographic sketch

 

 


floor plan / level 0 

 

 



floor plan / level 1 

 



floor plan / level -1

 

 



section

 

 



elevation

 



exploded axonometric illustration

 

 


sketch of building underground

 

 


sketch

 

 


initial sketches

 

 


initial sketch

 
 


‘la grajera winery – design concept number one. where do I put the grapes?’ by juan manuel herranz

 

project info:

 
 
name: institutional winery ‘la grajera’ (la rioja)
first prize competition: may 2000
working project: 2004-2007
working period: september 2009- june 2011
client: consejería de agricultura, ganadería y desarrollo rural, gobierno de la rioja.
location: estate of la grajera, logroño, la rioja, spain
area: 6.900 m2
cost: 11.292.757,45 euros

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