In the town of La Seca there is a long tradition of wineries buried under many of the patios and houses in the town. Being able to take advantage of the existing cave was one of the priorities of the project. For this reason, a new production warehouse was proposed, in the same place as the previous one. The main problem to be solved was to integrate a large volume, such as an industrial warehouse, in an urban environment, in the historic center, which would accommodate all the work to be carried out in the winery.

The barrel maturation was clearly going to take place in the underground cellar. All you had to do was connect the crafting hall with the existing cave. To do this, a concrete cube was inserted that descends 5 m until reaching the mouth of the cave, housing the access ladder and the large forklift necessary for the transfer of barrels.

The interior of the ship is spacious, since there are hardly any compartments, except for the necessary ones: the toilets and the installation room. The rest of the functions are qualified by the roof, which becomes the protagonist of the project, since being an interior construction, surrounded by walls, it does not have facades.

The roof skirts are broken up into several smaller inclined planes, playing with different inclinations and slopes with three purposes: one, functional, so that it defines and characterizes the different work areas inside, but without compartmentalizing, allowing the entry of natural light where it is needed and with the required orientation; two, urban planning, so as to volumetrically integrate the building into the plot of small roofs, avoiding a resounding volume that breaks the harmony of the urban environment: and three, symbolic, since the logo and commercial image of the winery is a paper boat , and this shape is noticeable from the surrounding vineyards and the access road to the town, which, being sunken, allows us to notice the set of white roofs of the winery among those of the farmhouse, standing out as an inserted object but at the same time integrating itself into the whole .

Constructively very cheap materials have been used, trying to make the most of their benefits. For a winery it is important that the interior temperature does not suffer large variations in temperature. In the production hall, it has been resolved with thermoclay block enclosures, seen from the inside, which are only painted white, even allowing the ceramic to be seen in certain areas. This material provides sufficient thermal inertia necessary to control internal thermal changes. The exterior is covered with sprayed polyurethane insulation covered with a white mini-wave sheet, so that it reflects excess solar radiation. In turn, the minionda plate recalls the furrows of the plowed lands that surround the municipality. The concrete floor is covered with continuous resin, choosing a light blue color in reference to the wine label, where the paper boat floats in an undulating blue sea.

source: Buho Arquitectos