Architecture – “The Lahofer Winery unfolds into the native terrain, immerses itself into the surrounding vine rows, thereby preserving the essence and integrity of both soil and culture.” Explain Ondřej Chybík and Michal Krištof, founding architects of Chybik + Kristof Architects & Urban Designers.
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On its exterior side, draping the winery, an undulant roof acts as an inclined open-air amphitheater and cultural venue. Reminiscent of the region’s characteristic arched wine cellars, a colonnade of vaulted beams frames the interior space into its storied curve.
Each reinforced concrete arch is individually designed to fit a specific angle of the ceiling, while the distance between the arches is determined by that between the vine rows, creating a perfect visual symmetry and guiding the viewer’s gaze across the grapevines.
Enclosed in a glass façade and facing south, the visitor center draws abundant light as the windows act as concealed separation from the exterior vine rows.
Made of wood, concrete and glass, the visitor center invites visitors to fully experience its produce in the barrique cellar and the adjoining tasting room. A large-scale mural painting by local artist Patrik Hábl covers the entire ceiling area reflecting the colours of the terroir.
The production, storage and bottling facilities as well the fermentation room have their independent access with dedicated exterior spaces.
On its exterior side, draping the winery, an undulant roof acts as an inclined open-air amphitheater and cultural venue emerging from the rhythmic vines. The open space, expanding on the Lahofer Winery’s function from a production site into a witness to the local culture, acting as a community space dedicated to public events, including local grape harvest celebrations and theater performances.
“At a time when culture and nature appear to be antagonistic forces, we envision a space reflective of the longstanding symbiosis between the two.” Add Ondřej Chybík and Michal Krištof.
All photos by Chybik + Kristof Architects & Urban Designers.