International Architecture Competition

Monte d'Oiro
Wine Tasting Room

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Monte d'Oiro
Wine Tasting Room

Official Partners

Monte d'Oiro
Wine Tasting Room

The Monte d’Oiro Wine Tasting Room competition is part of Bee Breeders’ Portugal design series. This particular design challenge has been organized in collaboration with Quinta Do Monte D’Oiro, a family vineyard located in the Lisbon region. 

Quinta do Monte d'Oiro (‘Hill of Gold’) is a 42-hectare property with a history of wine-production dating to the 17th century. The current brand, a brainchild of José Bento dos Santos, has since the 1990s produced 100% organic Syrahs, Viogniers and Petit Verdots, imported from France, and more recently it has expanded with original labels. The Quinta do Monte d’Oiro site - with a privileged terroir, resting on clay-limestone soils and receiving Atlantic winds - is known to have conditions ideal for producing balanced, fresh wines. Quinta do Monte d’Oiro labels have been consistently awarded prizes, and are sold in regional and international markets. 

For the Monte d’Oiro Wine Tasting Room competition, the vineyard is seeking design ideas for a wine tasting room, where approximately 30 people can gather around a special tasting table to enjoy the wines as well as the magnificent views of the vineyard. The 60m² space is to be open and inviting, and the program is to provide simple amenities such as running water and storage. Designs for the tasting room were requested to be considerate of the existing vineyard facilities, while at the same time capable of becoming an architectural landmark. The Quinta do Monte d’Oiro has expressed an interest in constructing the winning proposal. 

The jury evaluated designs for their capacity to offer a unique space to the vineyard, and sought proposals that made use of natural materials. The received proposals experimented with a host of ideas for integrating the new project within the site. Given the elevated conditions of the existing buildings, proposals conceived of a mix of above-grade concepts as well as constructions carved into the hillside. 

Bee Breeders thanks all of the participants for their time and excellent contributions to this design challenge.

1st Prize Winner

Project name

Agreste

Authors

Evin Johann

France

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

I like to think of myself as a creative person and I need to create things. Participating in architecture vision competitions allows me to explore the productive side of my personality. It’s inspiring and stimulating.

Jury commentary

Agreste (‘to live a rural existence’) conceives of a subtle new structure sited parallel to - yet 2.3m below - the existing buildings. Constructed of rammed-earth reinforced walls and topped with a timber-framed and landscaped roof, the rectangular form comprises four semi-circular enclosures at its corners containing support spaces. The main space features terracotta floors and is divided into a reception area and tasting area by a central hearth. A full-length wall of sliding-glass doors opens to the vineyard. The jury praises the project for its well-conceived hierarchy of spaces that is reinforced by strong relationships between solid and void. From a construction viewpoint, the landscaped rooftop assembly will likely need a more substantial structure and buildup to function successfully, but the submission is, overall, excellent. 

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

A passage to the vineyard

Authors

Belén Moreno Pedrejón
Oriana Álvarez Braiz
Luis Miguel De Jesús Dos Ramos

Spain

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We see competitions as challenges that can put our team work, our knowledge and our commitment to an idea up to the task. This kind of competitions can test our passion and love for architecture and brings a reality check due to the client’s specifications.

Jury commentary

The project is organized linearly about an axis that divides support spaces on one side from the wine tasting room on the other. It is characterized by a series of straight, solid walls that open up at considered points to frame views, as well as to reflect sunlight and cast shadows. The tasting room is set beneath three reinforced concrete vaults stained the color of wine. The project does well in referencing the work of Portuguese masters with its formal simplicity and natural materiality. According to the jury, it “creates a compelling threshold to the site with a simple and thoughtful layout.”.

3rd Prize Winner+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Terroir Wine House

Authors

Fernando Irizarry
Brian Torres
Marcos Ortiz

University

University of puerto rico
+126 points!

Puerto Rico

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Architecture visual competitions give us the freedom to express ourselves and explore a vast world of possibilities to solve a problem with no right or wrong solution. These types of projects free our minds from any preconceived idea and pushes our imagination far further than what we thought was achievable. Architecture competitions are a free pass to think outside the box, a space where even the craziest ideas are up for discussion. We see these ideas competitions as a way to return to our childhood mindset, where everything was possible.

Jury commentary

This bold proposal elevates a pitched-roof enclosure containing a ‘hanging wine cellar’ that floats above a wine tasting area semi-embedded into the hillside within a solid stone foundation. The two simple forms are divided horizontally by a glass shell that is set eye-level with the site, and a flat pond of water which visually enhances this effect of separation and levitation. The interior rendering is especially strong in portraying a unique double-height space that offers 360-degree views of the site set below upper walls displaying wine bottles. The overall project, while simple and natural, is slightly monumental for this site and setting. 

BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

House of Bacchus

Authors

Kenan Vatrenjak

Bosnia

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Participation in architectural vision competitions is a form of research. No idea, no drawing is ever lost. I see it as a long-term development of specific architectural themes that soon or later find their way to the construction site. Our project “TentHouse” over time evolved into the “Zoran Šimić” bivouac project that was built in 2019 and gained unexpected international media coverage. Retroactively, we can recognize this development and see how crucial competition participation was. I say this with modesty and reservation, but why not winning and building it right away?
Clients Favorite

Project name

«Life is good, but wine is better»

Authors

Thibault Sortes
Alexis Poumailloux

France

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

The reason we enter contests is to experiment with our own ideas. It is also a way to let our ideas live freely in the eyes of others. We meet a variety of responses as eclectic as the multiplicity of the architectural profession. We are also stimulated by the idea of creating together a synergy which tends to advance the debate of ideas by the diversity of the proposed answers. This is the very principle of a competition; we strive to give the best of ourselves, with the idea that all the answers formulated will modestly advance our common practice.

Honorable mentions

VIEWclose HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Project Name

Ladeira

Country

Belgium

Project authors

Barbara Mazza
Claudio Cortese

Project Name

Tasting Room of One Space

Country

China

Project authors

Bin Jia
Jiangyan Luo

Project Name

Montage : Shot convey meaning in relation to other shot

Country

South Korea

Project authors

Ju Seok Park

Project Name

A Gentle Peruse

Country

Colombia

Project authors

Alejandro Saldarriaga
Isaac Tejeira

Project Name

Terra D'Oiro

Country

Australia

Project authors

Elliot Lind

Project Name

Passage - A Return to Land

Country

United States

Project authors

Nicholas Brown

Shortlisted projects

VIEWclose Shortlisted projects

Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras Campus

+126 points!
fernando irizarry
brian torres
marcos ortiz

United Kingdom

liam mulheran
michael denyer

United States

kevin hai pham
nick reddon

Argentina

leon zorraquin
santiago gilardi

France

Trama sarl

mathilde deschepper
augustin lefebvre

France

thibault sortes
alexis poumailloux

Italy

Università Iuav di Venezia IUAV

+22 points!
francesco maria fratini
marco padovani

Spain

Amac estudio

adriano marín pérez
andrés caldero martín

Spain

belén moreno pedrejón
oriana Álvarez braiz
luis miguel de jesús dos ramos

Poland

Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk , Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Gdańsku

+22 points!
anna lange

Poland

Gdańsk University of Technology (Politechnika Gdańska)

+22 points!
szymon kulikowski
szymon kowalski

Portugal

joão varela
ana isabel santos
paulo dias

Hungary

Takenaka europe gmbh hungary branch

hiroyuki katsuma
réka némedi-varga
alexander haritonov
samoraphoom kajonsri

Colombia

alejandro saldarriaga
isaac tejeira

Canada

Studio chong

chee yuen choy
hong ahn
ming tse wang

Germany

domininc fohrer
luisa behrendt

Brazil

UFBA - Federal University of Bahia Ondina Campus (Universidade Federal da Bahia Campus Ondina)

+22 points!
pedro henrique passos de macêdo

Italy

martino felice cucurnia
federico repetto
suzan calizir

United Kingdom

yonatan buchhandler
valerio nelli
 

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