Nemea, Corinth / Greece
Evaggelos An. Katsikas / Dipl. Civil Engineer
Konstantina Papanikolaou / Dipl. Architect Engineer
Elena Papaioannou / Dipl. Architect Engineer
Konstantinos Kanellos / Dipl. Mechanical Engineer
LEED CERTIFICATION DESIGN
The guiding principle for the architectural composition is the integration of the winery within the vineyard-dominated landscape which is the main characteristic of the Nemea region. The plot location, which is on the road leading to the city entrance and the proximity to the Byzantine monument upon the Rock of Our Lady led to the strategy of conceiving the facility as a landform. Industrial uses and heavy truck movements are restricted below ground level, where a cave-like structure hosts the industrial use along with a storage cellar. The administrative areas of the winery are displayed as a monolithic element protruding from the landform, serving internal circulation and connections. The main building roof is conceived as an intensive green roof, thus continuing the surrounding vineyards. The relationship between the building and the environment is redefined through the applied morphology, reexamining the archetype of the roof and facade. Daylight is achieved by Solatube use at the manufacturing site. The upper level hosts visitor suites, following the form of the green roof. Earthy materials prevail such as clay, ceramics and minerals as a reference to the local landscape and wine production. The multi-use meeting room is the starting point for the central corridor which has an educational purpose, forming the main axis where the visitor is informed about the wine making process while experiencing the process of wine production. To ensure waterproofing and to protect components from corrosion and moisture, a concrete waterproofing admixture crystal growth mechanism is applied and a green roof insulation intensive farming system is used. The project applied the LEED standard regarding the energy footprint of the building for energy saving.