Protos’ new facilities consist of a new winery and headquarters for social andmanagerial representation. The building, answering to the critical special andenvironmental conditions necessary for the elaboration of the wine, isrepresentative of Protos’ brand and joins Peñafiel’s surroundings, providingsolutions that minimize the consumption of the energy necessary to maintainoptimal conditions.
Energy saving is not only important, but inherent to itsdesign.The new building connects with the former wine cellars (located in a series oflong corridors under the mountain of the historical and brightly restored Castleof Peñafiel, future Museum of Wine) through a tunnel built under the dividerroad.The base of the building is buried, taking advantage of the thermal inertia andplacing the areas for production and maturation of the wine, interpreting in acontemporary tone the traditional construction of the wineries.
Anchored in thearea, this base regularizes the topography, creating a support for the lightcovering that rests over it. This light covering is formed by a structure ofparabolic arches of laminated wood, reinterpreting the construction of shipshapedwine cellars. Its consideration as a façade, regarding the sights fromthe Castle of Peñafiel, becomes vital in the architectural composition of thebuilding..