New Zealand-based RTA Studio focuses on sustainable design and creating carbon neutral buildings. 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."