For generations my family has been carrying out agriculture in and around Viessling. When my father took over viticulture became the main branch of activity. In a lot of small steps he continuously adapted the already existing premises to his needs, until, in 2013, he decided to rebuild in big style.
The new structure for production and tasting was designed by Elmar Ludescher. His task was to put into practice our ideas of an independent and ingenious construction which should also fit into the cultural landscape of the region. We wanted him to build it with local materials in a clear and precise way and asked him to connect functionality with classic aesthetics.
He did great. Actually so great that we were rewarded with the STATE PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURE 2016.
The explanation of the jury reflects our intentions and gives at the same time a profound description of the structure:
“The shaping elements are the steep intertwined pitched roofs, the disitinguished house-form, the handmade external plaster and the lamellas made of varnished fir wood which were positioned in front of the building. Clear lines, soft light, reduced materials and haptic surfaces characterize its interiors. The furniture in the office and sales room is made of natural oak and the floor of polished screed.”
The large tasting room in the upper floor is completely panelled and impresses by its atmosphere and spatial refinement. Form, materiality and colours convey authenticity. New interpretations of traditional shapes coexist aside element of regional handicraft.
That the structure is built in a way that it may age in dignity and be repaired by its owner is an additional, non-architectural, quality. Overall the construction is a masterful example of new architecture in an old cultural landscape and of the owner’s vision not to insist on clichés but on long-term valences.”
Beyond all aesthetics the new building gives us the possibility to work better and develop new ideas. Additionally we are able to offer our clients an opportunity to focus with all necessary concentration on the qualities of our wines.