The new cellar door at Montoro Wines has won the top prize, the James Barnet Award at the prestigious Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Country Division Awards.
It is the third architectural award for the boutique Cargo Road cellar door owned by Bob and Jennifer Derrick, who had previously sold their wine online.
Designed by Orange-based Source Architects David and Sally Sutherland, and built by Luke Knight from L-Con Building and Construction, the building with its long cantilevered roof was designed to be a space where the inside and outside blend to form a continuous space that encourages patrons to linger on the terrace.
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A jury led by Dunn & Hillam Architects’ Ashley Dunn selected the building for the award and the commercial architecture award and said “the design is simple and elegant. Small yet robust,” and was an “intelligent, exacting and considered building that responds cleverly to its context, constraints and setting”.
Mr Derrick said the brief was to be bold, unique and visible from the road, environmentally sustainable and be an industrial design set in a grassy paddock.
He said Source Architects was selected from the first plan and they met the brief with a sculptural steel and glass design.
Mr Sutherland said the project started in 2017 and three months was spent on the design stage, it took another four months to get the building approvals and the construction took four months.
The building was completed and opened in December and Mr Derrick said it has increased the profile of the winery.
“It’s amazing how many people who just call because they’ve seen the building go up and others who have seen the design award and want to have a look,” he said.
“The feedback has been very positive for the cellar and also our wines, they go together.”
Mrs Derrick said the building was designed to capture the winter sun but be cool in summer.
“In winter we hardly ever had to turn the heater on,” she said.
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