Baja Winery: Petrachor | Core 3

Pétra / Stone / Geologically, Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, Mexico is a part of an ancient riverbed that features exposed outcrops of bedrock boulders on its steeper terrain and alluvial deposits in its basin. 

Ichṓr / The fluid in the veins of the gods (Greek) / The region experiences long dry hot spells as its annual climate and underground water is scarce. However, there is plenty of fog that rolls over from the Pacific every morning and dew forms on every inch of the valley’s flora and rocks. 

The confluence of earth formations and atmospheric water produce an ephemera that is a subject of interest and inquiry for this project. Architecturally, a set of extrusions tower in the landscape around a set of masses that contain the program of the winery.

A line begins at the ground, folds, splits open and marks the entrance for visitors and trucks full of vines. It’s a dusty place and it needs a marker before it opens unto the place of production. A courtyard is tucked between the landscape that is cut away and the building that stands in front is a place of repose, dew formation, shelter and assembly in the project. It’s adjacent to the wine tasting room. A mass holding residences stands at the other end of the building and it’s shaded by a metal profile on its westward side. The barrel storage is grounded for its sensitivity to the elements.

The project exists as a series of moves that are responsive to the topography, atmosphere and view sheds of the site. On the contrary, it also exists as an aspiration of the brutality of its landscape that scorches and ruins. The point to make here is that a winery in the valley must negotiate and embrace its contradictions. It is as much a place of production, with its odors, clamor and energy as it is a place of hospitality, perched on a hill overlooking the valley of fog and sun.