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Architecture of the Gantenbein Winery

Just outside Fläsch, a small village in the Grisons Rhine Valley, stands a striking ensemble of buildings amidst the vineyards. The Gantenbein Winery. The brick façade of the extension designed by architects Valentin Bearth, Andrea Deplazes and Daniel Ladner in 2008 can be seen from afar. It houses a shipping hall in the basement, a Cuverie on the ground floor and a restaurant on the top floor. The flow of the wine, the laws of gravity, the temperature controls and the work process dictated the architecture and the layout. Our Winery is a rugged operation as well as a culturally demanding construction. The brick building is the first masterpiece created in the studio of digital fabrication by Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler at the Technical University in Zurich (ETH) and in the brick-works of Christian Keller. The prototype of a brick wall was calculated by a computer and built by a robot. The bricks have been set out in a way that pictures are created on the façade outside and optical effects inside. This light filter ensures a constant temperature and a stable flow of light in our Cuverie.