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FITAPRETA WINERY AT MORGADO DA OLIVEIRA ESTATE

The existing building of the Morgado da Oliveira Palace began to rise in the late thirteenth century. The patrimonial and historical value of the Palace is undeniable and, for this reason, the formal relationship with its whole was deeply studied. It was decided to finish off the patio to the south in order to provide a greater sense of comfort and establish a dialogue between the two volumes. The new building, designed by the Architect Tiago Sobral, is of contemporary character, implanted in symmetry with the palace. Volumetrically imitates its proportions without copying the dimensions, seeks its own language, confers unity and harmony, without pretending to overshadow the Palace and, respecting the existing silhouette, the building remains low as the nature that fits it. It is inspired by the generous and tall windows, the waters of the roofs, the stereotomy of the stonework, the wide entrances on the ground floor, the straight lines of the drawing, and the camouflaged skin that covers it. The cork for covering material was chosen because it is a sustainable material, noble, abundant in the estate, translates the essence of wine and relates to the Palace. Symbolically and using the historic designation of the estate, olive trees were planted in the main access road. The vines envelop all the buildings evidencing and framing the volumetric forms. Simultaneously the main courtyard parking is hidden and the vehicles are moved to a lower quota than the visual thrust. The ruin of the old winery, which once supplied the region, serves as a starting point to welcome visitors and return the agricultural character to the property.