Project Type
Metal Cladding and Roofing Overview
  • Cladding Profile
    Saflok 700 - Concealed Fix (Safintra South Africa)
Project Overview

The architectural footprint for a new-build cellar facility at Moya Meaker Winery in the Elgin valley was defined by the constraints of the 1990-square-metre site, a levelled gravel packing-ground surrounded by valuable export-fruit orchards. This limitation was soon worked into a feature of the design, integrating laterite roadways and the surrounding orchards to blur the transition from built structure to natural environment.

By aligning the cellar on an east-west axis – bisecting a pair of mature oak trees which frame the glass-walled entrance – the north-facing orientation of the outdoor work areas protects grapes from dusty south-easterly winds prevalent in the summer harvest season.

Working within strict parameters around production volumes the design takes into account both the practical requirements of the winemaker and the aesthetic vision of the owner.

That vision was for a contemporary structure that spoke to the agricultural setting, yet avoided a formulaic semi-industrial ‘shed’ that would blight the landscape. The solution was a pitched roof cellar – concrete frame with brick in-fill – clad in textured black Saflok700 to soften the profile and create a visual link to the cellar’s agricultural purpose. Selective use of wood cladding adds organic texture and a subliminal connection to the pivotal role of oak in wine production.

A strong focus on detailing ensures an architectural harmony across the estate, from the fynbos gardens – a feminine counterpoint to the masculine lines of the cellar – to the klompie brick doorway echoing those of the farm’s homestead. That brickwork creates a natural flow from the cellar to the adjoining office wing and tasting room used for hosting key clients and trade partners.

Ultimately, it was a thorough investigation and understanding of the client’s ‘nuts and bolts’ requirements, as well as their aesthetic vision, that accounted for the success of this project.