A highly sustainable building providing a healthy environment for both employees and wine making
The Port Phillip Estate Winery, located in Red Hill (Victoria, Australia), represents an iconic landmark that complements the natural environment. Sited just below a ridge, the building unfurls across the site, spiralling out of the ground and rising to form a 100m ribbon wall. The building houses wine making/ storage facilities, a cellar door, restaurant, and 6 luxury accommodation units.
Rammed earth is a robust and environmentally responsible material. It breathes, and thereby provides for a healthy working space, and also exudes a rustic charm befitting of a centuries old ancient construction. Rammed earth walls are typically 400mm thick and provide an excellent level of thermal insulation. This provides an enormous saving to costs associated with mechanical heating and cooling. Window glazing on the east side of the building allows for daylight capture, and the building is protected by the rammed earth when the sun is low in the west.
The winery is not connected to mains water so all water used is from harvesting. An integrated water reclaiming plant converts black water to grade A water for irrigation and bathrooms. Storm water is filtered then directed through reed beds providing additional filtration before being captured in a dam and used for irrigation. All rain water from the roof is stored and filtered and then treated with UV light so that it can be used throughout the building.
Concrete has been used to great affect on a difficult site by providing some deep, column free basements for the industrial wine making and storage areas. Column free zones provide enormous opportunity with respect to future proofing the facility. Concrete beams also form uniquely expressed structural solutions.
The project demonstrates further innovation through the structural and architectural resolution of complex geometries, developed with the architect using 3D modelling.