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Black Estate Winery by RTA Studio


Awarded RTA Studio from New Zealand was founded in 1999 by Richard Naish, talented and experienced architect, who practiced in top studios in London and Auckland. Studio's projects are focused on sustainable design and creating carbon neutral buildings. In their public, commercial and residential projects architects strive to deliver fresh ideas and to create lasting contribution to urban and natural context. This project is a building for a boutique family vineyard, located in Waipara, North Canterbury, New Zealand.

"Requirements were for a cellar door and café, as well as accommodation for the vintner’s family. These functions are accommodated within one singular form through a lineal progression of spaces. The public entrance leads through a vestibule to the tasting room, opening on to a cafe which in turn leads to a covered outdoor seating area. A private residence occupies the end of the shed-like form. The extended plan was conceived both to reference the tradition of rural Canterbury buildings and also to provide a planning mechanism that allowed separation between public and private functions. The building is ecologically sustainably designed to minimise its environmental footprint and compliment the organic and bio-dynamically managed vineyard."


Words: RTA Studio, Thisispaper
Photography: courtesy of RTA Studio