area: 2.200 m2
client: Panvita Marof d.o.o.
year of construction: 2009
|The Marof (Maierhof) agricultural
estate in eastern Slovenia has existed for 120 years. Its composition
of a country manor house and outbuildings lies on the ridge
west of Mačkovci village in Prekmurje. Complete revitalization
of the complex reinstates the manor house to its original condition;
the outbuildings are replaced with new structures, adapted to
new functions and technologies, all under supervision of Institute
for Protection of Cultural Heritage.
First of the new buildings is the winery, housing wine production
for the newly established Marof wine brand. Its vineyards, located
on surrounding hills, cover approximately 40 ha. Its first harvest
was in 2009, with yearly production of 300.000 litres. The building's
form follows terrain topography; its volume composition is subordinated
to the adjoining manor house and the old linden tree. In accordance
with the Cultural Heritage guidelines, the roof is finished
in red brick, the roofing material of the old outbuildings.
Fragmented facade surface sets up a multitude of vertical bars,
echoing the vine support poles. On the western facade, a panoramic
window in visitor reception area offers views of the valley
below. At its bottom, a new irrigation pond collects the rain
water flowing down from the vineyards, to water them once again.
The visible part of the building above ground comprises only
the visitor reception area (northern side) and grape reception
(southern side). The rest is hidden below ground: technological
areas consist of grape press, metal and wooden wine barrels
for storage and maturing, a laboratory, bottle filling station
and storage areas. Constant temperature of 14 degrees is maintained
by surrounding ground mass, additional energy is only used for
cooling the storing vats from within during the fermentation
process. Viewing portholes in reception area provide views of
the cellars below.
Vineyards surround the building on all sides; they are all that
can be seen from within.
|Project was nominated for
the 2010 World Architecture Festival Award.
|Published in: Urban Environment
Design Magazine (2010), Mladina magazine(2011), Svet nepremičnin
magazine (2011), Klik magazine (2010), Area magazine (2011),
Octogon magazine (2011), Concept magazine (2012), Cheers! Wine
Cellar Design, (2012), Architecture file 2012(2012), Swisspearl
Architecture (2013), Gloria-Glam (2016), Metszet (2017)