The beautiful Mas Rodó winery in Mediona, Spain is built on top of the remains of an old 18th century Catalan cottage. Founded in 2005, the winery released its first wines to the public in 2009 -- not too long after the new building opened. The renovation was completed by Barcelona-based Sala Ferusic, and it combines historic architecture with modern techniques, materials and energy-efficient design. A brilliant green (Pantone 375C) is used as an accent in the windows and tasting rooms to create a spring-like atmosphere throughout the eco-winery.
The original 150-acre estate included an old 1970s agricultural warehouse and a 1900s stone cottage, both of which were incorporated the renovated winery. Sala Ferusic sought to make use of these existing structures while refurbishing them into a contemporary wine production facility. The winery also works to preserve the ecosystem by taking into consideration the ecology, agriculture, and oenology of wine production. As such, energy efficiency was a high priority in the renovation of the facilities.
A wood and steel facade was built around original masonry skirting to create the wine production room. This contemporary addition redefines the space yet respects the history of the structures. The double skin system of wood/steel and masonry moderates the temperature of the production room, providing the optimal conditions needed for fermentation while minimizing energy use. The stone wall also helps moderate humidity levels, which is also important in wine making.
Two large coreten steel volumes break up the uniform wooden facade while providing views out over the estate and vineyards. The south-facing window provides views from the tasting room into the fields, and the covered porch on the western side serves as an entrance for the harvest. Pantone 375c – a brilliant, bright green – is used as the accent color in these volumes and inside the facility to infuse the winery with a sense of spring.
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