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Richard Rogers: winery, Valladolid, Spain.

Due for completion next February, this winery for Bodegas Protos, a long established firm of Spanish winegrowers, is a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional viticultural forms and construction. Located in Valladolid in northern Spain, it sits at the foot of a small hill surmounted by a medieval castle. Bodegas Protos already use the underground network of tunnels and galleries beneath the castle for ageing its Ribera del Duero wine, and the new building will be linked to this subterranean labyrinth by a new tunnel.


The new winery consists of an underground cellar for barrel and bottle storage, with production and administrative spaces above. The triangular footprint is crowned by a dramatically undulating roof made up of five interlinked parabolic arches, clad with large terracotta tiles to create a light, articulated structure. This modular form breaks down the mass of the building and mitigates its presence in the rural landscape. Rogers' ongoing concern with ecology is manifest in the building's environmental control. The south facade is protected by an oversailing roof, while the west side is shaded by a system of large, fixed brise-soleil. Cool storage for the wine is created by effective exploitation of thermal ground mass, and underground water is used to aid night-time heat exchange. The project is due for completion later this year. C. S.



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Title Annotation:Work; Bodegas Protos
Publication:The Architectural Review
Article Type:Brief Article
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Date:Apr 1, 2005
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