The character of the project is defined by the powerful geometry of the square floor plan with a central courtyard and rooms arranged around all four sides. This careful order does not prevent the spatial layout responding rigorously to the program: the steps of the winemaking process are distributed in sequence.
The first wing houses the beginning of the process, including delivery of the grapes and starting point of the production. The adjoining wing is intended for fermentation tanks, from where it either continues to the barrel area located in the basement, isolated from noise and temperature changes or goes directly to the area for bottling, labeling, and corking. Finally, the finished product is taken to the cellar or warehouse for subsequent distribution to the points of sale.
The volume is protected from the outside with a blind façade of reinforced tepetate (earthen) walls, an ideal way of maintaining the optimum light and temperature conditions for the correct evolution of the winemaking process, thanks to the thermal inertia of this type of construction. Meanwhile, the rooms open onto the inner patio in order to receive indirect light and to visually connect all the steps of the program through the central void.
Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, 2016