Baja Winery | Core 3

The project focuses on a response to two conditions, the first is the continued privatization of agricultural land in the valle, the second is an aggressive drought condition. As a means of combatting this privatization, the project seeks to use the residential component to bolster an ejido or community based farming practice. Small scale productive parcels plug into a larger civic infrastructure, the winery. The drought forces the winery to adopt more intensive water management and retention strategies. One such outlet to this end, is the management of wastewater and process water inherent in the winemaking process. Waste becomes the central character of the winery, where revealing and managing the byproduct becomes the site of civic gathering and participation. The architectural forms of the winery are a set of vessels that at times provide a bio digestive capacity, and at others, a form of public space. The vessels themselves are cast using two kinds of formwork, the earth itself acts as a temporary formwork before being excavated and relocated to housing parcels in an effort to create flat tillable surfaces. The second formwork is a climbing form used in elevator shaft construction that is lifted out of the concrete by crane and, in the spirit of material opportunism typical of the architecture of the valle, used as an inhabitable roof. Therefore the architecture of the winery exists in an integrated constructional binary, the grotesque earthen cast spaces of wine making and wine waste management, and the light wood structures that helped shape them as a roof in which more intimate spaces like wine tasting can occur.