Project team:

Client: Martha and Daniel Gantenbein, Fläsch/CH
Architects: Bearth & Deplazes Architekten, Chur and Zürich/CH
Facade design: in collaboration with Gramazio & Kohler Architekten, Zürich/CH
Facade manufacture: Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zürich/CH
Industry partner: Keller AG Ziegeleien, Pfungen/CH
Structural engineering: Jürg Buchli, Haldenstein/CH


Products applied:

Luminaires in the fermentation hall: custom designed by Bearth & Deplazes Architekten
Cellar: Zumtobel Staff ‘PASO2 D190’
Lounge and dining/kitchen area: custom designed by Bearth & Deplazes Architekten
Compact fluorescent light sources: Osram

19. Jul 2009

Good lighting for good wine

Text: Amber Ga Young Lee
Photos: Ralph Feiner

Stone is still one of the basic materials used for building, and probably has the longest history in the development of architecture over the millennia. With stone we associate parameters such as durability and roughness, but also safety and protection. Stone has the appearance of being uncompromisingly rigid and unyielding. Stone architecture translates into the same impression. And yet even this, the hardest of all building materials harbours apparently friendly, not to say inviting qualities – the right light can soften the hardest core. Star-lit day would appear to be an oxymoron. However, in the new extension to a winery in Fläsch, it makes perfect sense. In this project, natural light has been precisely controlled and sculpted to create … sparkling stars while the sun is shining. This intriguing feature is part of a clever, contemporary re-interpretation of a traditional European winery. Fläsch is an old town in the heart of the Swiss Alps where most of its residents engage in the wine-making business. With the success of their Pinot Noir, winegrowers Martha and Daniel Gantenbein decided to create an extension to their winery. Upon completing the new building, the Gantenbeins replaced the steel containers with oak barrels in an attempt to demonstrate the return to the old, traditional way of producing wines. For this reason, as well as the fact that the village is located in a very historical area, they expressly wanted the new structure to have a conventional look, and to align with the original one. In 2008, Bearth & Deplazes Architekten, the architectural design practice commissioned to realize the project, completed a successful project utilizing daylight as the main source of light to link the old building to this modern structure. The wine estate in Fläsch pursues the ‘terroir principle’. Terroir denotes the blends of natural elements related to any particular vineyard. These could be altitude, topography, soil, rocks, orientation towards the sun, rain, winds, humidity, temperature variation, etc. And the principle ensures that these natural elements come together to play an important role in creating wines, directly reflecting the local color of the region. Given this prerogative, it was evident that the structure, the lighting and air temperature all required delicate control. […]


The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 67

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