Medhurst Winery
by Folk Architects

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This winery by Melbourne studio Folk Architects is embedded into the side of a hill in Australia's Yarra Valley winemaking region (+ slideshow).

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

Folk Architects was approached by owners of a family-run winery to design a new wine-making facility on the site of their existing "cellar door building", where customers are invited to sample wines.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

One half of the building nestles into the hillside, but it is fronted on two sides by concrete walls that protrude like blades from the sloping landscape.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

Part of the northern facade is clad in polycarbonate that allows daylight to filter in during the day, but also becomes translucent when illuminated at night.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

The ground floor contains a large winemaking space with storage tanks and fermenting facilities, as well as a cool room and a barrel storage area.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

Upstairs, an office, meeting room and tasting space open out to a grass roof terrace that meets the hillside.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

This roof is also used to collect rainwater. Each year around 500,000 litres of water will be recycled and filtered for use in wine production.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

"The landscaped green roof over the subterranean barrel store provides both a raised terrace with views to the surrounding landscape as well as thermal insulation for the stored wine below, reducing the requirement for the mechanical cooling," added the architects.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

Medhurst Winery was shortlisted at the recent 2013 World Architecture Festival in Singapore, in the production energy and recycling category. The overall winner was an art gallery in New Zealand with a wooden entrance canopy.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

Other wineries we've featured include a restaurant, guest house an wine showroom inspired by the sprawling Portuguese landscape, a winery featuring towering walls of Corten steel and another featuring huge terracotta vaults concealed beneath its vineyard.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

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Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

Photography is by Peter Bennetts.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

Here's a project description from the architects:


Medhurst Winery, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Medhurst Winery is the first completed project by Folk Architects, a small practice from Melbourne.

The brief was to create a new 250-tonne winemaking facility to complement its existing cellar door. The winery produces a number of varieties and its objective is to produce premium, quality estate-grown wines using small-batch winemaking techniques.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

The building is embedded into a north facing slope, and defined by a series of horizontal elements that follow the contours of the site.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

Nestled quietly into the existing hill to reduce its visual impact on the landscape, the building accentuates its natural setting by framing views to the surrounding Warramate forest.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

The programmatic requirements, orientation, and restrained materials palette were thoroughly evaluated and considered in order to reduce the buildings energy use, ongoing maintenance and provide a sustainable outcome.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

The landscaped green roof over the subterranean barrel store provides both a raised terrace with views to the surrounding landscape as well as thermal insulation for the stored wine below, reducing the requirement for the mechanical cooling.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects

Similarly, the heat reflective, polycarbonate cladding to the northern facade of the wine-making area replaces artificial lighting with filtered natural sunlight.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects
Ground floor plan - click for larger image

At night the wall becomes translucent, exposing the profile of the winemaking equipment within. The winery roof captures approximately 500,000 litres of water annually that is harvested and filtered for use in wine production.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects
First floor plan - click for larger image

The new winery sits adjacent to an existing cellar door, and is very much intended to enable public engagement with the wine making process. A meandering path leads patrons from wine tasting, through a series of landscaped spaces, to views of the production area and vines beyond.

Medhurst Winery by Folk Architects
Sections - click for larger image
  • Concerned Citizen

    It’s a shame that in a new building workers have to drag full and empty barrels all the way from one end to the other of the wine making area.

    • Lolonio

      That’s what they’re getting paid for.

  • fawnster

    Here’s a picture of the south wall… here’s a picture of the south wall at dusk… here’s a picture of the south wall at night… when it’s cloudy… when it’s sunny… with a blurry dog… with a fence… The design seems nice enough, although relatively simple and the interior spaces seem uninspired.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Thanks for sharing you ignorance of work flow and efficiency.

  • Salem

    Factory. Sculptural element in landscape. Clarity to design intent. Striking. Cool building.

  • Gary Walmsley

    From the exterior much of it looks like nothing more than grey concrete highway barriers.