Having 40 years of experience, Bórmida & Yanzón has carried out diverse and numerous projects. Among them, it is worthy to mention the modernization and restructuring of traditional wineries, such as Navarro Correas, Flichman, or Norton; the construction of Séptima, O´Fournier, Atamisque and Diamandes winery; and the redesigning of small-sized companies like Pulenta Estate and Dolium, among others.
Based on this broad background, today this studio restates its philosophy of embracing the essence of two realities: natural and cultural landscape, in order to make, from them, its architectural offer. Likewise, sustainability and power and water saving play a leading role in the company’s new projects.
These were some of the issues mentioned by architect Eliana Bórmida during her presentation at the South American Biennial Exhibition of Architecture, which gathered top national and international architects, on September 26 and 28, at Sheraton Hotel, in Mendoza (Argentina).
Geography, materials, and climate
She began her presentation with a brief description of Mendoza. Among the positive features, she spotlighted its location in an Andean area that is blessed by a favorable climate for grapes, and its position at certain latitudes that forms a bioceanic corridor between Buenos Aires and Santiago, favoring trade.
In regard to her projects, she said that this revolutionary architecture of wineries, where design starts to get a higher profile, was taking place all over the world. It has to do with a communication architecture: “the fact of communicating wine”, along with grape; and grape with land. In this last aspect, she stressed that the mountain is not only a postcard, but also has a greater importance, as it transforms the land, making it suitable for grape growing.
In addition, she highlighted the transformation of nature by mankind. “It is important to integrate the building into the landscape,” she pointed out.
Before concluding her lecture, in which she exhibited some pictures of wineries in Argentina and Uruguay, she gave details about certain factors common to all her projects: the importance of using materials found in the region, in order to grant the building a regional context as well as to seize on its qualities, achieving a bioclimatic architecture and making the use of power more efficient. “The building should have a direct connection with the wine, and wine with land. We should give a lot of importance to terroir,” she concluded.