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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Glazed tasting room by Waechter Architecture overlooks Furioso Vineyards in Oregon

Furiosos Vineyards by Waechter Architecture
American studio Waechter Architecture has renovated and expanded a winery facility, adding charred cedar cladding to an existing building and creating a tasting room with glass walls.

The Furioso Vineyards estate is located in the heart of wine country in northwestern Oregon. The project – designed by Portland-based Waechter Architecture – entailed the renovation of an existing facility, and the addition of a tasting room and outdoor space.

Furioso Vineyards by Waechter Architecture
Furioso was founded in 2014, but its main vineyard was established in the early 1970s. The property formerly comprised a series of disconnected structures, including a steel-shed winery, storage facilities, and an area where harvested grapes are processed, called the crush pad.


Furioso Vineyards by Waechter Architecture
"Built in disparate styles and materials, the estate lacked an overall identity," the team said. "In addition, although completely surrounded by vineyards, the buildings turned their back on the landscape, instead focusing on internal production."
The architects sought to not only create a distinct identity for the property, but also provide visitors with immersing views of the landscape and wine-making process.

Furioso Vineyards by Waechter Architecture
The existing winery was enlarged and re-clad in a screen made of charred cedar. The wood battens cover both opaque walls and open-air mechanical rooms.
"During the day, the body of the building takes on a solid appearance," the team said. "At night, the screen takes on an ethereal, translucent character as interior illumination backlights the vertical cedar ribs."

Furioso Vineyards by Waechter Architecture
A 2,100-square-foot (195-square=metre) tasting room was added to the south side of the building. Resting atop a concrete plinth, the room hovers over a field of grapevines. A basement level contains a barrel room.



Glazed on all four sides, the tasting room offers panoramic views of the hilly landscape and an outdoor corridor. Support spaces, such as a kitchen and bathrooms, were placed in the centre of the room in order to keep the glass walls unobstructed.

Furioso Vineyards by Waechter Architecture
"These support blocks are fabric clad and gracefully subdivide the larger space into more intimate zones," the team said.
Situated between the winery and tasting room is a loggia, which frames views and provides valuable outdoor space. During the harvest season, it serves as the winery's crush pad, where grapes are de-stemmed, sorted and crushed. When not in use for winemaking, the loggia can accommodate gatherings and events.

Furioso Vineyards by Waechter Architecture
A new roof covers the winery, tasting room and loggia, serving as a unifying element. Constructed of corrugated steel, the canopy is positioned above the building, enabling fresh air and natural light to pass through. Mechanical venting is handled in the interstitial space, enabling the roof planes to remain pure and uncluttered.

Furioso Vineyards by Waechter Architecture
The metal canopy extends beyond the building, helping shade the 14-foot-high (four-metre) glass walls that enclose the tasting room.
"Like each new piece of the winery, the floating roof seamlessly integrates functional challenges into a simple, yet iconic design," the team said.

Furioso Vineyards by Waechter Architecture
The project also involved the creation of a large patio, which flows from the loggia and stretches along the east side of the building. At the southern end, the courtyard is elevated above the fields, resulting in a "dramatic horizon" as a visitor approaches from the other end.

Furioso Vineyards by Waechter Architecture
Founded in 2008, Waechter Architecture is led by architect Ben Waechter, who formerly worked at Allied Works and Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The studio has also renovated a century-old Portland house and created an all-white dwelling in the city.
Photography is by Lara Swimmer.

2001 creates concrete house and reflective glass house in suburban Luxembourg

Hercule by 2001 in Luxembourg
Named after a local strongman, Hercule is a concrete-and-glass house that makes the most of a small sloping site in Mondorf-les-Bains in the south of Luxembourg.

The name of the house is a nod to local hero Johann Grün, known as the Luxembourg Hercules, who rose to fame in the late 19th century. The architecture studio explained the choice as a reference to the "robust strength" of the concrete structure and its bold form in a relatively traditional neighbourhood.

Hercule by 2001 in Luxembourg
The couple that commissioned the house inherited the steep plot, which is sandwiched between a farmhouse and a typical Luxembourg suburban home.

"The wife felt that the program they were looking for demanded a big house, but that the plot would not allow for it and she clearly hinted at not wanting a house of the proportions of a typical Luxembourgish suburban house," explained Philippe Nathan, founder of 2001.

Hercule by 2001 in Luxembourg
2001's solution was to take advantage of the topography and build into the slope, creating a 446-square-metre building that steps down over three levels.
The house is entered from the lowest level, which is almost invisible from the street. This floor has the largest area and contains the communal, family spaces. The focal point is the open-plan 14-metre-by-six-metre kitchen, dining and living area that faces onto an enclosed patio at the side of the house. A garage and a small gym and wine cellar also occupy this level.

Hercule by 2001 in Luxembourg
The master bedroom, two single bedrooms and bathrooms occupy the upper two levels, which protrude up from the site to give the impression of a more compact, concrete and glass building.
The structure had to be made of waterproof concrete due to massive amount of groundwater on the site. Nathan described the living area as "basically a submarine" made of concrete.

Interiors of Hercule by 2001 in Luxembourg
Concrete was also used to create the 14-metre beam that supports the upper structure of the house and creates a solid facade above the living area. The road and garden-facing facades are glazed, and the final side mixes glass and concrete with a series of picture windows.


The architects decided to make the structural concrete an aesthetic feature of the house, either polishing it or leaving the raw wood-plank marks from the forming process, depending on the space in which it was being used.

Interiors of Hercule by 2001 in Luxembourg
"The bathroom is split from the other spaces through a glass in which we integrated a metal textile, thus functioning as 'spy glass', enabling light transmission and views from the private spaces into the shared areas," explained Nathan.
Local oak was used to create the shower floor, doors and bespoke fitted furniture in the children’s bedrooms.

Interiors of Hercule by 2001 in Luxembourg
It took nine months of working with the local authorities to gain permission for the building. "Several changes they insisted on during the process, like for instance sloping the perimeter walls of the patio in order to fit exactly the natural incline of the plot, definitely improve the architecture," Nathan told Dezeen.
"Most importantly, the house seems to have an impact on a larger scale and is qualified by some as a paradigm shift for building culture in Luxembourg, which is either 'fairly traditional' or 'fairly expressive'."

Interiors of Hercule by 2001 in Luxembourg
Founded by Nathan in 2010, with Sergio Cavalho joining as a partner in 2014, 2001 is based in Luxembourg. The architecture studio has previously featured in the Luxembourg pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and is currently working on various housing projects in the country as well as a garage for a car collector and a medical centre.
Other examples of houses where concrete structures have been used to negotiate a complicated site include a recently completed home by London firm Carmody Groarke, which is slotted inside a Victorian warehouse.
Photography is by Maxime Delvaux.