Architect Alexander Balabin designed a winery with a pebble top floor
In the Krasnodar Territory The region has recently opened the Rocky Shore or Cote Rocheuse winery. The French name was chosen for the project because of the grape varieties that are grown here: Merlot, Chardonnay, etc. The complex was designed by the architect Alexander Balabin, whose portfolio includes both private and industrial objects.
The building of the winery consists of two volumes – a rectangular one made of glass and concrete and an ellipsoid located above it. The upper part resembles sea pebbles in its shape in order to give the complex visual lightness and evoke associations with the sea. The interiors are industrial in style with lots of concrete.
The wooden trim around the concrete columns resembles a barrel in its shape.
The exception is the interiors in the show and tasting area, which are located on the upper level. White walls, rounded support structures and panoramic windows create a feeling of lightness and airiness and continue the theme of sea pebbles given by the streamlined shape of the building. Separately, it is worth mentioning a wooden column with a built-in bench in the reception area, which in its shape resembles a wine barrel.
The Rocky Coast project is notable not only for its architectural, but also technological innovations. It is a so-called gravity-type winery: grape juice and must move under the influence of gravity, which contributes to a more pronounced taste. >