Bormida & Yanzón Architects' design sits comfortably in the heart of Valle de Uco, Argentina
Killka is located in one of the main wine regions of Mendoza, surrounded by the Andean desert and mountains. It is one of the buildings within the Salentein Winery.
This building acts as a gate welcoming all visitors. It consists of a symmetrical square ground plan with a central patio, penetrated by a long axis, which structures the whole set of buildings longitudinally.
The design puts together solid and cyclopean concrete volumes, representing the soil’s sedimentary layers and huge glass planes. These volumes are protected from the sun by broad galleries. They are reminiscent of regional past times yet contemporary in their expression and technology, updating a strongly Andean feature. This identity is portrayed by a centralized plan which resembles old rural patio houses, enhancing the essence of the open sky and water patio as the symbolic heart of the building.
Visitors access Killka through a broad front gallery, which opens into the central patio with a water floor surrounded by art pieces. At the back of the patio, there is a completely glazed hall, with a clear view of the winery.