Register: MAY/10/2018, Submit: MAY/29/2018, Eligibility: Interdisciplinary teams of students enrolled at universities offering subjects on landscape management and planning; architecture, landscaping and design students, Fee: Free, Awards: Winner 6,000 EUR (without VAT)
Ideas Competition: integrate Solar de Samaniego Winery into the vinicultural landscape of Laguardia, Spain. The aim of this process is to contrast ideas for the design of an intervention on Solar de Samaniego with the aim of enabling a better integration of this building into the surrounding landscape, not only in terms of the visual appearance, but also as a benchmark of the memory within the context of a unique narrative and as a potential socioeconomic resource based on a local material culture.
Door to Laguardia
Participants should take into account that Solar de Samaniego Winery is located next to the old road to Elciego, which was the natural route to Cenicero and Nájera (trade centre and staging post of the Way of Saint James).
From outside to inside the sheer size of the Winery buildings blocks out a coherent view of Laguardia as a medieval city. Such visual impact should be lessened, without hiding the 70s building, but incorporating the shades of both the hillside itself and the old buildings of Laguardia, which conform the west façade together with stretches of a wall.
From inside to outside, the proposals should allow for greater visual permeability insideout.
The current building clashes with the front part of Laguardia, built using traditional techniques (wood, lime, stone and ceramic tile). Evoking or using these materials and recovering traditional building techniques in the proposals is a challenge that requires ingenuity and innovation to overcome.
Winery at the Foot of the Mountains
Sierra de Cantabria is a natural wall separating Sonsierra de Navarra from the Cantabrian coast. In fact, Laguardia was part of an important trade route which, departing from Logroño, arrived at the coasts of Bermeo or Lekeitio, towns by the sea. It was the Route of Wine and Fish.
The buildings block out the magnificent view of the mountains of Sierra de Cantabria. Avoiding the obvious mimetic evocation, the presence of Sierra de Cantabria might be suggested, by means of, for example, a colour palette in keeping with the shades of the mountains in different seasons.
Proposals shall include the sun, the wind and the water, which have carved Sierra de Cantabria. This should be something poetic and symbolic, not at odds with efficiency and possibilism, being both traditional and innovative at the same time.
Vineyards from the Hill
As climate cooled around the 14th century, grapes could only be grown on a large scale in the south. Consequently, and due to an increase in demand from citizens of thriving Vitoria, in 1283 the King of Castile promulgated a permit to purchase wine in Rioja Alavesa.
The chromatic composition of the proposal should follow the range of colours of the vineyards in different seasons, and, in terms of shape, give continuity to the hillsides.
It should be emphasized that these facilities exist for the sake of the vineyards surrounding them, and not as a building that rivals the new neighbouring houses, questioning the viti-vinicultural character of the hillsides.
Model Amongst Roofs
Somehow, the idea of the winery as part of the historical wine landscape of Laguardia and its paths, and not as a noise that makes such landscape difficult to evoke, should be highlighted.
The wineries must have a symbol on their north façade, a “visual front page” which differentiates them from the single-family dwellings that block them out from that side.
This challenge can help us promote “Grupo Solar de Samaniego, S.L.” as a business concerned with maintaining and recovering the landscape it is integrated into and lives off, and not as part of the real- estate profitability of the surrounding houses.
Walking Down Laguardia
Our only chance to recall the flow on the trade routes that joined the city of Laguardia with Nájera is precisely to slowly walk down from the graveyard to the winery, along the stretch of path still not transformed into a road.
This Walk to the Graveyard (Camino del Cementerio) is a beautiful pedestrian path that matches the concept of “path” defined by Kevin Lynch.
It sounds natural to deal with this space as a possible transport interchange, as a hub for vehicles that help us soak up the landscape. Far from the hectic daily car drive, it can foster the pleasure in strolling or riding an electric bike to, or from, the centre of the walled area.
Wine and fables interweave in this winery, named after the origin of this venture: the land and vines of La Escobosa, the estate belonging to the family of Félix María de Samaniego (1745-1801) in the 18th century, already used as a vineyard at that time.
The offices will be moved to the southeast corner of the winery building, with large windows opening to the entrance and the road.
The facilities have three differentiated areas (production facilities, offices and restaurant and shopping area). In terms of functionality, it is important that the area housing the entrance or doors to these three areas is duly regulated, to separate transport and distribution flows.
- Architectural proposal, in which the quality of the design will be valued in terms of Space solution, relation to the landscape, technical viability and singular contributions (30%).
- Economic and environmental sustainability (20%).
- Relation of the proposal to the concept of landscape as “any area as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and the Interaction of natural and/or human factors“ and with the criteria of landscape management and protection established in the European Landscape Convention, Florence, 2000 (50%).
Awarding of the contract for the building work project, which will be subject to independent contracting according to regulations, is expressly excluded from the prize.