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.
Spring in Pantone 375C, Mas Rodó winery in Barcelona, Spain by Carles Sala from SALA FERUSIC Architects
September 4th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Carles Sala from SALA FERUSIC Architects, Barcelona
The Mas Rodó winery consists of a refurbishment and transformation of an agricultural warehouse built in the seventies on top of an old Catalan cottage of the XVIII century, where the structure remained and the intervention focused on defining an image and conditioning the space for a contemporary wine production.
Over an original masonry skirting, the new wooden and steel façade redefines the volume of the building and takes comfort among nature and history. A system of double skin temperates the interior of the wine-producing room to optimize the control in must’s fermentation, as well as it minimizes the energy consumption; while the thickness of the old stone wall provides great humidity and temperature conditions for wine-aging. Two volumes brake the opacity of the building and relate the exterior and the interior, that is, the vineyard and the wine: the window of the tasting room in the south, over the fields, and the porche in the west, for the entrance for grape harvest. Covered in corten steel, both inject the interior with brightness and landscape through a spring-like Pantone 375C colour.
SALA FERUSIC Architects
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.