Advanced Design Studio: Bellew/Bow/Spence
I came to Rioja to design a structure that would architecturally integrate the production of the highest quality wines with a luxury resort--exciting and delighting visitors with dining outlets and luxury accommodations suitable to a range of guests. The structure can be reduced to three components: steel trusses which cradle hotel rooms, hotel restaurants and bars, offices and a gym and spa. A ground level, terraced along the terroir, hosting entry lobbies for both the hotel reception and wine tour departures and public exterior plazas and a public restaurant/wine tasting room. And carved into the earth below, the winery which drops in level sequentially according to the stages of winemaking.