frank gehry: city of wine complex marques de riscal hotel
frank gehry: city of wine complex marques de riscal hotel frank gehry: city of wine complex marques de riscal hotel
jan 21, 2010

frank gehry: city of wine complex marques de riscal hotel

city of wine complex for marques de riscal by frank gehry



frank gehry‘s city of wine complex for marques de riscal winery in elciego, northern spain, opened to the public in 2006. the idea was to dramatically renovate the winery, which had changed little since 1860 and encourage tourist to the town, much like his guggenheim design enticed people to bilbao.


according to gehry, the building’s exterior reflects the colours of wine – with huge titanium panels tinted in pink to represent the burgundy hues of rioja. the silver is meant to be the foil that covers the cork, while gold represents the zig-zagging mesh that covers all marques de riscal bottles.


the complex’s surface is sheathed in titanium and stainless steel, the ‘skin’ hung over a series of giant squares of black rock with metallic wings.


inside, a glass elevator descends into the cellar which holds some 3,000 bottles.


the building houses a 43-room, five-star hotel, an exclusive restaurant, a spa offering ‘wine therapy’, a museum of viticulture, an extensive wine shop and luxury gardens to enjoy a glass alfresco. a stay at the hotel costs from 236 pounds to 810 pounds for a suite per night. read more.











  • joyfull…. very nice

    luis says:
  • oh my god..,terrible..,looks like a Disney movie set!

    f.stachio says:
  • If “the term architecture applies only to buildings designed with a view to aesthetic appeal”, then this ‘building’ obviously does not fall under this category. Being different isnt enuf ! This is rubbish and downright egregious !!

    rang emei says:
  • when imagination is really free

    luciofab says:
  • that is quite impressive but still really sick ! (:

    megi says:
  • I have been following this structure for a while now and it is as fresh as it was the first time i saw it. His work continues to challenge . . . even after all these years.

    Bradley B. says:
  • ugly and scary….did somebody paid him to do this?

    George says:
  • So much effort to impress… and the only impression comes to my mind is – superfluous effort.

    Gordo says:
  • Why has these ‘waves of flat metal’ suddently become the ‘brand’ of Gehry?, for the Concert Hall it was impressive. But recycling the same ‘brand’ in order to alienate this Wine Yard looks like a mess to be honest.

    But who am i to judge. All critism of Gehry = blasphemi. Worship the Gehry Plates.

    MDH says:
  • looks like a sculpture attached rather than architecture.

    x says:
  • people only criticize, they never create!

    FLW says:
  • Exciting! Interesting and a visual treat for the district. Sculpture, Architecture? Who cares. Striking, whether one likes it or not d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • To be honest this looks more like an attached sculpture rather than integrated architecture. Gehry has blurred the line between those diciplines on many occasions but this attempt is unsuccessful.

    RR says:
  • where is the concept of this????or we wont just to be a hero 🙁

    123 says:
  • Less is more.

    Mies says:
  • to me u do not no anytything about architecture and art,

    before u start giving statment´s like u did u schould start to educate your self

    just silly just stupid, but nothing else

    Alejandro says:
  • cualquieron mal, desperdicio de materiales

    ariel says:
  • Shit

    Daniel says:

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