This winery pavilion near the southern tip of Australia was conceived by Melbourne's Centrum Architects as a massive lantern to draw curious visitors.
A unique form was a priority from the beginning. For inspiration, the architects turned to the estate’s name – “leura” is derived from the Aboriginal word for lava – and from the unusual wrinkled rock formations found in pahoehoe lava flows. In their interpretation, the design team imagined the roof and western wall as a shell composed from four sections of curving high-performance concrete that rise from the ground before folding over, propped up with angled steel columns. Although initially conceived for off-site prefabrication, it ultimately proved faster and more economical to cast the sections in situ.
Inside, the thickness of the exposed concrete walls provides excellent thermal massing, which allowed Centrum to rely on passive cooling and ventilation, forgoing the need for mechanical and water systems.