LocationGradsko, Macedonia (FYROM)
PhotographsCourtesy of aleksandar radevski + viktorija stavrik
From the architect. Stobi Winery is located in the central part of Macedonia in the vicinity of the famous archaeological site Stobi. This region has the largest vineyard plantations in the country.
The complex covers an area of 110 x 140 m. It consists of three continuously connected units which are determined by the sloping terrain, the need for various traffic accesses and full use of the location. This composition includes eight functional units perimetrally organized around the central courtyard and a total area at all levels of approximately 9,000 sqm. Each unit is in a ratio of 1:1 (24m x 24 m) and 1:1,618 (24m x 38,80 m - golden section). The fourth side of the building is open and is overlooking the river Vardar.
The ultimate parallel units are equipped with grape processing technology, bottling lines and warehouses. The central part is designed to store wine in barrels and has a tasting room. Above the baric there is a terrace which is integrated with the ground level. Between the two final lines there are open communications that connect the inner yard with the ground level around the building.
Due to the warm climate, the building is designed without openings where the processing equipment is, with the exception of the bottling lines area. Because of that, the façade treatment involves the use of colors that are characteristic of the surrounding nature of the winery.
It is a building designed for "everyone". Wine tourism and production are developed separately without the disruption of the technological process. A 35-meter triangular tower is envisaged as the next step. At the highest level it would implement a restaurant overlooking the magnificent view of the surrounding landscape, the river Vardar and the archaeological site Stobi.