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Wine tasting pavilion. Designed by Anna Lange

Dobrawa Bies
05 of January '21

A student of interior design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, drawing inspiration from Portuguese traditions,Anna Lange created a wine tasting pavilion. Her work, which is a semester project made under the supervision of Dr. Beata Szymanska, took part in the international competition "Monte d'Oiro Wine Tasting Room".

The competition for the design of a wine tasting room was part of the Portuguese series of projects of the Bee Breeders platform . The task was organized in cooperation with Quinta Do Monte D'Oiro, a family-owned winery located in the Lisbon region. Quinta do Monte d'Oiro, or "hill of gold," is a forty-two-acre estate located in Alenquer. The history of wine production in the area dates back to the 17th century. Quinta do Monte d'Oiro rests on clay-limestone soils shrouded by the Atlantic air, which is conducive to the production of balanced, fresh wines.

Obiekt do testowania
wina w Portugalii Taras widokowy w winnicy

The task was to design a wine tasting facility

© Anna Lange

As part of the competition, the winery was looking for design ideas for a wine tasting room, where about thirty people can gather around a special table to enjoy the wines, as well as admire the surrounding landscape. The design had to take into account the existing facilities and at the same time become an architectural landmark. The jury was looking for designs that used natural materials and offered a unique space.

unforgettable experience

The work on Anna Lange's proposed project began with the question of how to create an unforgettable experience so that visitors, while tasting wine, could enjoy the wonderful, idyllic views of the vineyard. The author sought inspiration while studying the form of the land and the vineyard itself. Analyzing a topographical map, Anna Lange noticed a geometric, regular, repeating pattern of vine tree formations, divided into two paths. The first is the long lines of embedded plants, and the second is the spaces between the vegetation that allow passage and harvesting. Based on these partitions, the student created the form of the new building.

Układ drzewek
w winnicy Sala do degustacji wina

The author was inspired by the geometric, repetitive arrangement of vine tree formations

© Anna Lange

The structure of her proposed wine tasting pavilion is composed of two parts. The first is a path leading to a vantage point on the roof of the building. There visitors can enjoy a picturesque view of the vineyard and catch the Portuguese sunshine. The second part is a ramp that leads visitors inside the building. Walking down the ramp, visitors can feel the Atlantic wind carrying the scent of fresh vines. The new building fits into the existing urban fabric consisting of single-story, long vineyard buildings.

Inside the building, visitors will be greeted by a space with panoramic views of the entire vineyard. Thirty guests will be able to meet around a large table placed in the center and celebrate the best wines. For visitors who prefer to enjoy their wine outdoors, the designer has provided a system of sliding glass doors, placed on both sides of the room, allowing access to the balcony. The system also ensures natural air exchange. The entire interior of the pavilion is kept in earthy colors.

Rzuty i przekroje
pawilonu do degustacji wina

The facility consists of two parts - a path with an observation deck and a ramp

© Anna Lange

portuguese tradition

In deference to Portuguese traditions, the author used natural materials including wicker used in small, elaborate details such as chair upholstery. Chambolle limestone , chosen by the student, creates a unique drawing on the facade of the building. This easy-to-work-with material is characterized by light, soft, beige tones, and is very durable and weather-resistant.
Another reference to tradition is calcadas - Portuguese sidewalk, created from limestone blocks, arranged in the competition design according to the oldest style - an irregular grid. The oak wood, meanwhile, refers to the French wine storage barrels used at Quinta do Monte d'Oiro.

Read also about the design of the wine tasting room made of CLT wood and the pavilion hidden in the hill.

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