Healesville: TarraWarra Estate Cellar Door (Australia)

TarraWarra Estate Cellar Door

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This is a wonderful little project and well worth the drive.

Just over an hour from the centre of Melbourne is the TarraWarra Estate winery. Over many years the winery has grown and evolved into a cultural destination with a private art museum and fine dining restaurant designed by Allan Powell, alongside the earlier winery buildings by Graeme Gunn.

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More recently Kerstin Thompson was engaged to create a new cellar door facility to improve the wine-tasting experience for visitors. The circular stone entry courtyard allows for a place for gathering and also orients the exiting guests to the landscape setting beyond.

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The design extends the existing barrel storage tunnel, with a beautiful off-form concrete structure.

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This contemporary building quite deliberately evokes memories of the traditional European wine cellar, creating a sensitive and generous place to taste and enjoy the wines.

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The space has a loose arrangement allowing for wine tastings, sales, and larger functions…

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… with strategically placed circular steel funnels infusing each of these areas with natural light.

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An alcove leads to the warm, naturally lit timber-lined facilities.

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Not kitsch, nor high-minded – just simple, gentle and smart.

 

DRAWINGS

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FURTHER INFORMATION:

Place: TarraWarra Estate Cellar Door

Architect: Kerstin Thompson Architects

Photographer: Stephen Varady

Additional Information: Dezeen (16 Oct 2016) and SMH (6 Apr 2017) and Architel (6 Aug 2018)

Map: TarraWarra Estate Cellar Door

 

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