Wine chateau in Slavonia

Prize Winner in Architectural Design / Agricultural Buildings
Firm LocationZagreb, Croatia
CompanyDva Arhitekta
Lead DesignerTomislav Curkovic, Zoran Zidaric
Design TeamMaja Marosi Pezo, Tomislav Burgund, Dejan Sparovec

The winery was designed for a prominent local winemaker, to be built in the heart of Slavonia, the winemaking area in continental Croatia. The site is situated in the beautiful 'Golden valley' where lush slopes, predominantly southern exposition and continental climate properties are ideally suited to winegrowing. Faced with perfectly intact nature, we rejected the idea of a building dominating over the environment, opting instead to treat it with respect and use mimicry as a design tool. We placed the winery into the existing hill, carving it only where necessary. This decision was also benefitial in terms of energy consumption allowing for inner climate control and lighting to be solved naturally, which suits the main inhabitant of the house - wine. Overall structure is concrete, covered by a green roof. Spreading over 3000 sqm on three floors, the winery comprises a display and tasting area, as well as a production facility. Serving as a local landmark, the winery is meant to become the corner stone of a touristic village to be built sometime in future.