La Bodega Winery in Palamos, Spain

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February 10, 2010

Designed by Spanish architects RCR Arquitectes, La Bodega is a winery situated on a private vineyard near the coastal town of Palamos. The architecture strikes a balance between the artificial and the natural, existing within a man-made valley cut into the Catalan landscape.

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  The roofline of the winery structure is defined by a sequence of parallel steel blades.
    The roofline of the winery structure is defined by a sequence of parallel steel blades.
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  The main building is reached via a descending artificial valley that leads into a small production area and an underground maze of wine cellars.
    The main building is reached via a descending artificial valley that leads into a small production area and an underground maze of wine cellars.
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  Rocks and earth are visible between the steel blades as visitors walk down the path. In the dark lower areas of the structure, daylight creeps in through cracks between earth and steel.
    Rocks and earth are visible between the steel blades as visitors walk down the path. In the dark lower areas of the structure, daylight creeps in through cracks between earth and steel.
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  A view from the interior of the winery reflects RCR's architectural philosophy of creating buildings in reaction to existing features of the landscape, revealing new dimensions to the topography of the site.
    A view from the interior of the winery reflects RCR's architectural philosophy of creating buildings in reaction to existing features of the landscape, revealing new dimensions to the topography of the site.
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  In the words of RCR architects, the underground amphitheater invites reflection "in the deep grounds of the structure of shadows."
    In the words of RCR architects, the underground amphitheater invites reflection "in the deep grounds of the structure of shadows."
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  RCR was inspired by the steel sculptures of Richard Serra, and by the layers of space and vegetation found in traditional Japanese Zen gardens.
    RCR was inspired by the steel sculptures of Richard Serra, and by the layers of space and vegetation found in traditional Japanese Zen gardens.
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  The physical structure is integrated into the natural landscape, and is oriented toward a view of a permaculture vineyard. All wine and produce served to visitors is grown on the estate.
    The physical structure is integrated into the natural landscape, and is oriented toward a view of a permaculture vineyard. All wine and produce served to visitors is grown on the estate.
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  Overnight visitors to La Bodega stay at an old house located on the estate. Although the exact date it was built is unknown, the residence is an example of traditional Catalan architecture.
    Overnight visitors to La Bodega stay at an old house located on the estate. Although the exact date it was built is unknown, the residence is an example of traditional Catalan architecture.
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  La Bodega has six guest bedrooms furnished with pieces from the owner's personal antique collection.
    La Bodega has six guest bedrooms furnished with pieces from the owner's personal antique collection.
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