Herdade do Cebolal / Atelier Ribeiro de Carvalho

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Herdade do Cebolal / Atelier Ribeiro de Carvalho
Herdade do Cebolal / Atelier Ribeiro de Carvalho
© Francisco Nogueira

Located on the southern coast of Portugal, dominated by plains and atlantic breezes, this property has belonged to the same family for over a hundred years.

In the past there was a winery with a rudimentary construction, plain plan and covered by a typical roof. It was an important starting point for the project.

Herdade do Cebolal / Atelier Ribeiro de Carvalho
© Francisco Nogueira

The surrounding landscape, a contagious beauty, is dominated by the massive planting of vineyards and cork trees. Building there was a great challenge.

Herdade do Cebolal / Atelier Ribeiro de Carvalho
© Francisco Nogueira

Aiming to modernize the existing conditions, the idea was to design a slight white object, which emerges from the surrounding area. It would subtly float while awaking surprise and having some prominence in the landscape.

Herdade do Cebolal / Atelier Ribeiro de Carvalho
© Francisco Nogueira

The plan has a rectangular shape and its construction had to be simple and quick. It was used a prefabricated concrete structure, as if it was a Lego. The exterior walls, which lie on concrete blocks, are composed by isothermal panels with a rounded-shape finish without touching the ground allowing greater elegance to the building.

Herdade do Cebolal / Atelier Ribeiro de Carvalho
© Francisco Nogueira

The internal layout is divided in the industrial warehouse, north oriented, and the service area in the south with a large balcony to enjoy views over the landscape.

Herdade do Cebolal / Atelier Ribeiro de Carvalho
© Francisco Nogueira

The winery evokes a dialogue between two beings, nature in its harmonious state and the man in search of his progress. The building as a landmark in the territory does not just exist in the sunlight, but also in dark nights as a guardian which emits light, wondering something precious inside.

Project Details:

Location: Santiago do Cacém, Alentejo, Portugal
Area: 1,500 sqm
Site Area: 20 hectares
Architects: Atelier Ribeiro de Carvalhowww.ribeirodecarvalho.pt
Photographs: Francisco Nogueira

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