This project for the rehabilitation of the Steinbach winery, the work of the Ulrike Tinnacher studio, is located in the south of Styria.
The history of the winery located in Southern Styria goes back to the year 1770.It consists of several edifices from various periods
The cellar space had not originally been designed for modern workflows. The idea thus was to translate the credo governing the wines – clear, elegant and timeless – into an adequate architectural language, as well as to optimize the functionality and workflows between sales, office, storage, and archives.
The winery is located underneath a typical farmhouse.
At the centre of the redesigned cellar space is the sales and tasting zone, which is accessed via a central entrance in the west façade.
The front part of the L-shaped customer area in Steinbach winery is furnished with thematic mobile carts, which, arranged to meet the needs of the day, allow for a flexible use of this zone.
Made from elm wood and brass, they offer several functions to the visitor, all focusing on wine.
The living area is protected by a black and blue wall covering.
Deeper down in the Steinbach winery, the focus is entirely on wine. The backbone of the counter is a long and narrow wine cooler that also includes a water well.
The petrol wall colour running along this piece of furniture reaches up to the ceiling, resulting in a protected atmospheric space for the tasters.
A wall shelving made up of U-shaped walnut elements filled with wine bottles and boxes links the tasting area to the adjacent magnum space.
A mystical lighting lends the big bottles stored here the value they deserve. Clean-cut lamps dangle from the ceiling at different heights, above the wooden beam of an old lever press in the middle of the room, indicating the diversity of bottles stored here, from the Magnum to the Balthazar formats.
Following the axis of the tasting room northwards, passing through the ancient cellar entrance, are the wine archives from where the upper floor is accessed via a connecting room. Here, a rib of the tunnel vault was dismantled in order to make room for a steel staircase. Anchored in the ceiling, it keeps a respectful distance to the cellar floor, an autonomous object that adds a touch of illusionism to the building.
As a connection element, a light gray terrazzo with pebble-sized boulders moves through the space of the cellar.
The floor is bordered with a fine brass profile and an oak wood edge. The furniture in solid walnut and elm wood shows the appreciation for local craftsmanship and lends the historical cellar walls a touch of elegance and delicacy.
Photography: Simon Oberhofer