New Zealand – Studio Dror designed UNDER/STANDING architectural structure for New Zealand winemaker Brancott Estate. A flat grid of CorTen stretches open to create a nine- meter-tall volume raising above the vineyards. The permanent site specific installation follows the same geometric orientation as the grapevines.
“I visited the vines and by the time we returned to New York, I had already sketched an idea. UNDER/STANDING encapsulates the entire winemaking process with its static presence.” Explains to Archipanic Dror Benshetrit, founder of Studio Dror.
UNDER/STANDING’s aggregated triangulations refer to how the vineyards and winemaking process informed the project as well as a statement by Buckminster Fuller, who believed that in order to fully understand something, one had to build it, then stand up under it. Bound together by an intricate connectivity, the elements create a beautiful complexity.
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To further echo the experience of visiting the vineyards translated the installation’s geometry into the Present functional wine rack made of electro-coated steel. “Together, both elements serve as a thoughtful interpretation of Brancott Estate’s distinctive style of winemaking that simultaneously demonstrates the studio’s holistic approach to design”.
All images: courtesy of Studio Dror.
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