Jury feedback summary
The project collects a series of rectangular structures around a central courtyard. It restores the existing two-storey building on site as a wine tasting space; here the author makes use of the existing large facade opening to frame views towards the vineyards. The proposed guest houses are built of wood and rammed earth and are woven together with a fabric-topped canopy that surrounds and frames the central courtyard. A small pool adjacent to each guest house cleanly separates the living areas from the communal walking areas, serves as a landscape feature and creates a small micro climate to mitigate temperatures. The plot is further framed with light wooden benches to clearly define the site’s square geometry and to enrich the landscape design. The project successfully ties the buildings into its landscape and, while quiet in nature, succeeds in establishing the courtyard as a powerful center of inertia and core of activity.