A wine cellar in northern Austria that was recently converted into a tavern features an innovative stepped roof that allows visitors to enjoy views of the surrounding vineyards. Linz-based design studio MarchGut, led by industrial designers Christoph March and Marek Gut, reimagined the old cellar as a wine shop and tasting venue for the Franz Anton Mayer vineyard. Hit the jump to learn more about this unique destination.
The architects introduced terraced seating made from white-painted steel to the side of the roof that overlooks the vineyard. The steps, as a leitmotif of the conversion, continue inside the building via a black metal staircase that connects the roof to the tasting space, shop and cellar.
“The idea was to create a outlook over the grapes that are actually out of sight from the street,” the designers said. “In our approach to the design of the wine tavern, we focused on the themes of wine tasting and lingering.”
Bottles of wine are displayed on a shelving unit fitted into one end of the space. The original tunnel-like cellar made from loess clay is used for storing wine bottles in a row of black translucent boxes.
Raw materials like steel, cement and cluster pine establish an aesthetic connection to the history of the building. Loess clay, typical of the region, is left in an unfinished state to accentuate the rustic qualities of the cellar.
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