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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Lagravera winery in Lleida, Spain by Carles Sala and Relja Ferusic, from SALA FERUSIC Architects

September 3rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SALA FERUSIC Architects

Less (money) is more / ¿menos da una piedra? Lagravera winery

La Gravera is a winery conceived under low cost criteria, where the optimization in energy and material means and resources become important. Economic sustainability usually comes together with environmental sustainability. A warehouse of the 58, belonging to an old gravel quarry industry, is recovered to reactivate and transform it into a winery, through the disposal of industrial elements.

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  • Architect: Carles Sala and Relja Ferusic from SALA FERUSIC Architects, Barcelona.
  • Name of Project: Lagravera winery
  • Location: Alfarràs, Lleida, Spain
  • Collaboration: Josep Maria Estivill, Construction Management, Carops, Enology, Ventura Instal.lacions, Engineering
  • Client: Celler Lagravera SLU
  • Contractor: Benito Arnó e Hijos SL

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  • Surface Area: 600 m2
  • Project Date: 15/04/2009
  • Construction Date: 29/12/2009
  • Project Phase: Built
  • Awards: First Prize at the 3M Awards by the ‘Col.legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya’, Selected at the ‘Collegium Artisticum 2010’ Awards by ASAS in Sarajevo
  • Exhibitions: ‘3a Mostra d’Arquitectura de les Terres de Lleida’ by the ’Col.legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya’, ‘Collegium Artisticum 2010’ Exhibition held by the Architectural Asociation of Sarajevo, ‘Last Minute!’ Exhibition held by the ’Col.legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya’
  • Media: 3M Awards Catalogue by the ’Col.legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya’, ‘Collegium Artisticum 2010’, Awards Catalogue by ASAS, ‘El vi que neix de les pedres’, ‘El Segre’ newspaper, ‘La Mañana’ newspaper
  • Key Materials: Polycarbonate, Galvanized Steel, Polyurethane Continuous Pavement / BASF


  • Design: AutoCAD
  • Structure: Cype

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The construction elements must keep in scale economy and mass production, to minimize its impact on the environment and consequently to the economy, and they are organized under spatial, functional and higrothermal design criteria.

The project is structured regarding to the following points: a four-meter-high closet that organizes the service spaces, the action centre where human activity is assisted by machines and the zona 900, a welcome lounge with a striped carpet and a bright ceiling, underneath which the cellar is located, and where the control unit monitorizes the vineyard in real-time, and the design and pedagogy of the wine takes place.

In conclusion, this low cost criteria force us to claim: less (money) is more!

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SALA FERUSIC is an architectural studio founded in 2008 by the architects Carles Sala and Relja Ferusic, which activates, integrates, coordinates and dynamizes a multidisciplinary structure of both internal and external professionals in order to optimize the quality in architecture, urban planning and arch R&D.

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SALA FERUSIC works in synergy along with other integrated fields (engineering, marketing, communication, art) or even with other architects in order to generate a dynamic and symbiotic network to clearly guarantee a responsible architecture in terms of sustainability, in its widest range.

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They manage needs and interests and formalize them through worksystems that come up from the empathic and analytic relationship with users, citizens and clients, which are defined in specific strategies through the dialogue.

SALA FERUSIC has mainly developed its works in Spain and it is already working overseas in its International growing, in projects in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Middle East.

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Among the projects of the studio it is important to enhance the Public Library in Caldes de Malavella or the Cultural Centre in Roses, both in Spain; and especially those which have been acknowledged such as ‘El Repartidor’ Square in l’Hospitalet, Spain, Second Prize in a Public Competition; or the ‘Museum and Memorial in Srebrenica’, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Honourable Mention in an International Competition.

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It must be pointed out the solid experience of the studio in design and architecture of wine buildings such as wineries and wine warehouses, as well as wine tourism buildings; for which Carles Sala and Relja Ferusic have recently been invited to talk about ‘Architecture and Wine’ at the Wine Tourism Conference in Porto, Portugal. In terms of wine architecture it has to be pointed out their work the winery ‘Mas Rodó’, Honourable Mention in FAD’s prize ‘Vivir con Madera’, or the winery ‘Lagravera’, First Prize at the ‘3M 2010’ Awards by the Association of Architects of Catalonia, ‘COAC’, and selected at the ‘Collegium Artisticum 2010’ Awards, held by the Association of Architects of Sarajevo, ‘ASAS’. They have recently finished the wine warehouse ‘Lagravera’ and they are now working in ‘Hot Spot’, a Center for the Wine Promotion in Spain and ‘LesVignes’, a wine touristic pavilion in France.

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The studio SALA FERUSIC has exhibited their complete work in the monographic exhibition ‘Last Minute!’ about the studio –october 2010-, while some of their projects have been included in several architectural exhibitions –‘3a Mostra d’Arquitectura’ in COAC, EME3 Collapse en el CCCB, ‘Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid’, ‘X Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo’, etc.- . They have been invited to talk about their work on international architectural symposiums and conferences, as well as they have participated in several universities –ETH Zurich, UIC Barcelona, UAH Madrid, UPM Madrid, etc.-; and some of their work has been published in several publications –‘AV Proyectos’, ‘ON Diseño’, ‘RESTART’ by Hans Ibelings, etc.

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