claudia turrent + alejandro d'acosta recycles boats into wine facility
claudia turrent + alejandro d'acosta recycles boats into wine facility claudia turrent + alejandro d'acosta recycles boats into wine facility
feb 21, 2014

claudia turrent + alejandro d'acosta recycles boats into wine facility

claudia turrent + alejandro d’acosta arquitectos recycles boats into wine facility
all images courtesy of claudia turrent + alejandro d’acosta arquitectos




using recycled materials, the wine making facility by californian design studio¬†claudia turrent + alejandro d’acosta arquitectos is constructed to mimic the existing environment. the vineyards are located in an important wine region in mexico, the guadalupe valley in the ejido of el porvenir and situated 20 km east of the city of ensenada, baja in california. seeking to unite this area with the sea, the project was based on referencing viticulture with marine debris. the soil has been left bare, assembling only the floors and ceilings using discarded boats from the nearby port and transforming them into the barrel vaults.


the structure is made from recycled materials from discarded boats



the valley runs perpendicular to the sea with prevailing winds from the humboldt current and is surrounded by deserts and rugged mountains. the layout of the structure references the mountains and the stars, with the winds crops and equipment placed accordingly. following this, the most efficient ways for wine making were considered – a radial pattern for industrial production has less distance between different parts, helping to produce fluid. gravity is used to give more control over the wine making process and aeration, reducing the need for pumps.

the wine facility references the surrounding mountains and stars in its layout


view of the roof overlooking the valley


the layout responds to the most efficient methods for wine production


interior view of the facility


the structure extends out into the landscape


natural materials are incorporated into the site


detail view of the canopy with vineyards beyond


the ombligo



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  • crazyass cool

    dbkii says:
  • Really inspiring. The painted ceiling / inside of the boat is great

    Jared says:
  • ADORE. Absolutely. When I grow up, I want to be alejandro dacosta. Or at least have him build a thing or two for me. Or with me.

    mkc says:
  • Great article! But you forgot to mention the name of the place: Vena Cava Winery in La Villa del Valle.

    Valeria Rivas says:
  • Fantastic, just mind blowing…we are staying at the winery and enjoying its view from the also stunning restaurant, Corazon de Tierra, also by Alejandro….outstanding architecture, dear friends, amazing cuisine and does not get any better than Valle de Guadalupe…

    Maria de la Paz Alice says:
  • fantastic!

  • I love that D’acosta uses recycled and local materials. In my opinion, this is superior creativity-wise to unlimited budget stylings of ZHA and similar.

    Joa says:
  • Great latin american design! Its language is so particular. Very proud. Congratulations

    ampi alvarez says:

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