This old cellar of a 7th-century landmark building in Spain was converted into a beautiful gallery showcasing the local history of wine making. Local architecture firm INMAT Arquitectura developed the project, funded by the European Union, as a 342-square-meter (3681-square-foot) space dominated by rows of large, terracotta wine jars.
The project is located within ‘Casa de la Tercia’ building, constructed in the 7th century in Cehegin, Murcia. It reorganized the space which previously included a presentation area in the courtyard from where liquids flowed into wine jars positioned to ensure cool temperatures. The expanse where the jars were stored was converted into a gallery, with a transparent glass walkway and ramp. Visitors can read passages and illustrations taken from the book of native sommelier Pedro Martinez.
The project also includes a wine shop, a kitchen where visitors can take cooking classes, and another space at the far end of the cellar for lectures and concerts. Raw steel and naturally-weathered materials dominate the interior. The architects made sure to preserve the most valuable parts of the interior.
Photos by David Frutos