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La Bodega Winery in Palamos, Spain

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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.  Photo by: Roman Poleco
    The roofline of the winery structure is defined by a sequence of parallel steel blades.

    Photo by: Roman Poleco

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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.  Photo by: Roman Poleco
    The main building is reached via a descending artificial valley that leads into a small production area and an underground maze of wine cellars.

    Photo by: Roman Poleco

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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.  Photo by: Roman Poleco
    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.

    Photo by: Roman Poleco

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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.  Photo by: Roman Poleco
    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.

    Photo by: Roman Poleco

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  In the words of RCR architects, the underground amphitheater invites reflection "in the deep grounds of the structure of shadows."  Photo by: Roman Poleco
    In the words of RCR architects, the underground amphitheater invites reflection "in the deep grounds of the structure of shadows."

    Photo by: Roman Poleco

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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.  Photo by: Roman Poleco
    RCR was inspired by the steel sculptures of Richard Serra, and by the layers of space and vegetation found in traditional Japanese Zen gardens.

    Photo by: Roman Poleco

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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.  Photo by: Roman Poleco
    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.

    Photo by: Roman Poleco

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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.  Photo by: Roman Poleco
    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.

    Photo by: Roman Poleco

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  La Bodega has six guest bedrooms furnished with pieces from the owner's personal antique collection.  Photo by: Roman Poleco
    La Bodega has six guest bedrooms furnished with pieces from the owner's personal antique collection.

    Photo by: Roman Poleco

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