Winery F.X. Pichler Wachau, Austria
The winery F.X. Pichler is not just famous for its strong, thick and sweet “Smaragd” wine, consisting more than 14 % alcohol. The architectual, iconic building, which faces the Wachau region is a dark anthracite building and nearly impossible to ignore.
The production and storage section is faced with dark grey concrete panels. The handground and sanded concrete with inclusions of a green stone give result of rough heterogeneous surface, which reminiscent of the traditional stone walls that are so typical of this region.
On sides a contrasting band of aluminium laths rieses up from the ground and optically connects the glass customer section of the buidling. Once that band bends and runs horizontally along the first floor, it circumnavigates the customer area where it functions as a balcony railing.
Just like the control room, it offers a panoramic vista of the vineyards and surrounding landscape. The flat plane of the building´s roof is reinforced and ready for the placement of photovoltaic panels.
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