BODEGA - Enological Metabolism

ETSAB-UPC Barcelona Tech, Barcelona / Spain

International Workshop / 2014

Bodega – Enological Metabolism is again revolving around the idea of working on associations that exist between wine and architecture, furthermore to seek for the relationships and influences that they can have on one another.
The workshop this year will be the occasion to discover the fascinating cultural patrimony left by the Catalan modernist architects of the so called “Wine Cathedrals” in southern Catalonia.
Emerging as a peculiar building typology in the early 20th century, the modernist winery seems to articulate a reciprocal relationship between wine and its process of making, between the apparatus and the structure, between the content and the container…
Can these buildings be understood as machines? How do structure, materials and spatial organisations relate to the process of wine making? What are all the interlaced systems and strategies that exist within these delicate yet astonishing volumes and their context?
The workshop will run as two parallel experiments occurring simultaneously along the two weeks of the course. One as explorations on the senses, using wine as raw material, will happen as 1:1 performing installations, empirically testing and provoking unusual sensorial relations to the body. The other, initiated from a methodological understanding of constructive, structural and spatial affinities of the modernist bodega, will lead to the design of new models, or even buildings, for a contemporary winery. Using digitally advanced techniques, these latter explorations will take the form of large scale maps and models.
The challenge for all students will be the manner in which he both experiments could be intertwined and would affect each other.

Programme Directors / Carles Sala and Edouard Cabay // Coordinator / Relja Ferusic // Tutors Carles Sala, Edouard Cabay, Relja Ferusic and Mar Santamaria.