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Adega Mayor Winery

Alvaro Siza Vieira

The “Adega Mayor” winery by Álvaro Siza nestles amid orderly rows of vines in a landscape of gently rolling hills punctuated by the odd tree. Set on the ridge of a small hillock, the building follows the sloping terrain to become one with its environment while at the same time standing out as a distinctive feature. The architecture has been pared to the most elementary geometrical shapes. Construction materials are likewise basic. Brilliantly coloured plastered walls contrast with the surrounding earthy hues. With this building, Álvaro Siza continues his investigation into the fundaments of the art of building, peeling away all technological hyperbole or imaginative flurry. The winery presents as a simple parallelepiped. In fact it comprises two elements: the winery proper – a long, two-storey volume containing the processing, ageing and storage area for the oak casks, and a smaller,...

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