Bodega Garzon Winery by Bórmida & Yanzón in Maldonado, Uruguay

Project: Bodega Garzon Winery
Architects: Bórmida & Yanzón
Location: Maldonado, Uruguay
Area: 205,000 sf
Photographs by: Courtesy of Bórmida & Yanzón

Bodega Garzon Winery by Bórmida & Yanzón

Bórmida & Yanzón, an Argentinian studio, has conceived the design for the Bodega Garzon Winery, a 205,000 square foot luxurious winery in the coastal city of Maldonado in Uruguay. This building is the first sustainable and LEED-certified winery outside of North America after complying with all of the strict requirements for this type of building. There are plenty of outstanding facilities connected with a cohesive design. Take a look at them after reading the architects’ description of the project.

Bodega Garzón Winery sets new benchmarks for design elegance, modern technology, and sustainable practices. The 205,000-square-foot, Maldonado, Uruguay, winery is the first sustainable, LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) winery outside North America, following the strict requirements set by the United States Green Building Council, for its entire facility.  Showcasing estate-grown, limited-production premium wines crafted by influential winemaker and viticulturist Alberto Antonini, Bodega Garzón offers visitors an experience that highlights the very best in South American hospitality.

The winery design was conceived by acclaimed Argentina-based architects Bórmida & Yanzón, whose work includes O. Fournier, Salentein, Bodega Vistalba, and The Vines Resort & Spa. All sustainable design within the architects’ program was developed by Samconsult and its LEED-accredited professionals. The interiors were designed by California-based Backen Gillam & Kroeger Architects, whose other projects include The Napa Valley Reserve, Harlan Estate, Ovid, Dana Estates, and Bond Estate Winery, and Aspen, CO-based Eigelberger Architecture + Design.

The extraordinary property encompasses 500 acres of vineyards, a state-of-the-art winery, and production facility, tasting room from which guests can savor panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, retail space, wine club, an open-fire restaurant, and immaculate caves for barrel storage, tours, private dining, and events.

Banker Wire’s L-62 wire mesh in woven bronze utilizes the contemporary look of high-definition Lock Crimp with traditional square mesh design — a highly scalable pattern that readily interfaces with all types of structures, economical, and classic. The L-62 was selected as a cohesive design element for the exclusive wine club area of the property with wire mesh integrated into the doors, transoms, partitions, and wine lockers. Installations throughout the wine club interior varied; some applications of the wire mesh kept the material raw and exposed, while others sandwiched the wire mesh between glass partitions for a more polished look.

“We chose to work with Banker Wire for this project because of the large range of patterns and finishes available. Because of the wide variety of options, we were able to find the perfect pattern and finish to compliment the design of the winery.” — Cristof Eigelberger, AIA Principal Architect, Eigelberger Architecture + Design.

Bórmida & Yanzón

The building’s sustainable profile:

  • Implanted on non-productive soil (>7% slope and rocky)

  • Terrace design takes advantage of slope and allows for gravity flow

  • Vintage rooms fully underground allow for natural conditioning (temperature and humidity)

  • All openings located strategically to allow for lighting, but to avoid solar gain

  • All building personnel brought-in using company buses, which reduces CO2 emissions considerably

  • Landscape design focused on protection of biodiversity and restoration of habitat

  • North façade incorporates a water pond to reduce solar gain (evaporation close to the building provides passive insulation)

  • Stormwater runoff is treated before leaving site (by quantity and quality)

  • Heat Island effect minimized through the use of low-maintenance green roofs and high reflectance surfaces

  • 40,000 Sqft of green roofs utilizing exclusively native non-invasive species

  • Landscape lighting design minimizes impact on night sky and ecosystem

  • Rainwater harvesting for irrigation, cleaning of outdoor areas and recirculation of water pond

  • Low consumption water fixtures and potable-water-free landscape

  • Optimized energy performance (40% less energy used than comparable facilities)

  • Highest Efficiency HVAC with heat recovery technology which is used for water heating

  • Over 90% of all materials sourced locally

  • Recycled content and rapidly renewable materials widely used

  • FSC certified wood used

  • Automated indoor air quality control

  • Interior low-emitting materials used throughout

  • Automated lighting control system improves energy efficiency

  • Daylight and views at sight from all workstations

  • Pursuing LEED certification (New Construction); first winery outside the US.

The Design Team:

  • Bormida & Yanzon  Architects (Mendoza- Argentina)

  • Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects –  Interior Design (San Francisco- California)

  • Project Management & LEED Consulting: Carlos Hartmann Samconsult (Buenos Aires- Argentina) and Muriel Alvarez –  Tepui LEED Consulting (Buenos Aires- Argentina)


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