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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.

La Grajera in Logroño, Spain by Virai Arquitectos

February 5th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Virai Arquitectos

In the estate of La Grajera, west of the city of Logroño and only a few yards from the Camino de Santiago, we find the Institutional Winery of La Grajera.

The Project seeks an equilibrium between the need to announce the presence of the winery and the desire to merge with the landscape: the volumes follow the deformations of the land and are interrupted, moving towards the forest, remaining close to its border and thus respecting the existing vegetation.

Image Courtesy José Manuel Cutillas

  • Architects: Virai Arquitectos (Marta Parra+Juan Manuel Herranz)
  • Project: La Grajera
  • Location: Logroño,La Rioja, Spain
  • First prize competition: May 2000
  • Working project: 2004-2007
  • Working period: September 2009- June 2011
  • CLIENT: Consejería de Agricultura, Ganadería y Desarrollo Rural. Gobierno de la Rioja.
  • LOCATION: estate of La Grajera , Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
  • AREA: 6.900 m2
  • COST: 11.292.757,45 euros
  • Software used: Bricscad and Cype

Image Courtesy José Manuel Cutillas

  • Agricultural Engineer: Ingenieria Proyectos Navarra
  • COMPETITION : Marta Parra (Architect, team leader), Jesús Aramendía (Agricultural engineer, team leader); Laila Arias, Juan Manuel Herranz y Federico Wulff (architects)
  • WORKING PROJECT: Marta Parra Casado, Juan Manuel Herranz, Laila Arias, Federico Wulff, Jorge Garrudo, Christian Alvarez y Rodrigo Aragón, (architects), Guillermo Lacarra y Jesús Aramendía (Agricultural Engineers)
  • Installations: Ingeniería Proyectos Navarra
  • Structure: Ingeniería Proyectos Navarra , GV 408
  • Vinification installations: Ingeniería Proyectos Navarra
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Juan Manuel Herranz (architect), Guillermo Lacarra (agricultural engineer) y Amaia Martinez (quantity surveyor)
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM: Marta Parra, Stepan Martinovsky, Jorge Garrudo, Teun Van Veggel, (architects) y Gorka Ducay , Oscar Canalejo, Jesús Ilarraza (engineers)
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS: José Manuel Cutillas, Diego Carreño, Rafael Lafuente.


Image Courtesy José Manuel Cutillas

A large semi-basement foundation in sandstone, which houses the production area of the winery, bends and rises to become an element of the building and to turn into an element of the landscape. Before this massive construction, the institutional part of the winery is materialized in a light, amplified body in glass and dark ceramic.

The third volume, a small tower housing offices, completes and closes the building, helping to create the pedestrian square that gives access to the different areas: a piazza that is open to the forest, to the landscape and to the panorama.

Image Courtesy José Manuel Cutillas

The presence of two entrances on different heights makes it possible for the winery to remain partly below ground, exploiting the slope of the land; this favours many aspects of the manufacturing process, as for instance the constant temperature of the ground and the use of gravity or natural ventilation.

The material chosen change from the bright exterior to the interior in dark stone, in a didactic itinerary along which it is possible to participate in all the phases of wine brewing, from the growing of grapes to the tasting of the product.

Image Courtesy José Manuel Cutillas

The building aims to find simple bioclimatic solutions that harmonize with the climate and with the location. The inhabitable areas face south, and protect the areas dedicated to production and fermentation, which remain underground and covered by the hill, thus reducing the need for air conditioning. The inclined roof is covered by vegetation which, apart from helping the building merge with the landscape, increases the thermal insulation. The orientation and section of the winery makes it possible to guarantee a natural ventilation of the building, and reduce the need of mechanical ventilation for the industrial process.


Among the construction systems, a ceramic element used on the facade deserves particular mention; it has been designed by the Virai Arquitectos firm together with the Spanish Favetón company. The need to build shutters to protect the large glazed fronts of the institutional pavilion more efficiently from the sun has made it necessary to find a material that could behave homogeneously in the opaque zones of the façade and in the transparent ones of the shutters.

Image Courtesy José Manuel Cutillas


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