The project recovers the historical building into a constructive and spacious building, carried out via dialogue with a new structural form, articulated through a central area of where tradition and modernity of viticulture and wine in Navarre meet. In the old part of the building is the welcome area, with historical reminders of the past. Parallel to this, modern day reference updates run hand in hand in the new structure. On the ground floor there is an independent area set aside for multiple usage linked, either transparently or opaquely, to the patio and to central area which is devoted to the exhibition and tasting of wines with guarantee of origin from Navarra.
The patio is converted into an expanded area with possible exterior access and a grapevine cover which hides the current partition.
The building keeps up its image in the sphere of public elevations, with its stone walls and its wooden eaves complete with an up to date socket box, integrated along with the restored items into a unified whole. This section harks back to the historic originality of the palace, and highlights the dual nature of the exhibition, creating clear and flexible spaces, where architecture supports the study of museum pieces, and where there is a clear distinction between the exhibitions lay out trajectory, and the supporting areas, both of which can be managed jointly.
It consists of a dihedron of antique stone which marries up with a new metal dihedron, like two intertwined hands which get close enough to hint at the magical space between them: like the space where the earth and human technology meet, a complete cultural history defined by the traditional wine producers term of ‘coupage’.
+ Project facts
Museum of Vine and Wine, Olite
Location: Olite, Spain
Authors of the project: Miguel A. Alonso del Val, Rufino J. Hernández Minguillón
Collaborators: Isabel de Miguel, Pedro Ansa, Susana Iturralde, Victor Hernández
Technical Architects: Michel Aldaz García-Mina, Emilio Linzoain Pinillos, Susana Ruiz de Galarreta Díaz de Cerio
Engineering: Ingeniería Leyre
Developer: Gobierno de Navarra
Constructor: Tudeco S.L.
Project Date: Enero 1997
Completion Date: Septiembre 1999
Built Surface: 1,699 m2
Photographers: José Manuel Cutillas – Proyectar
Awards: Premios Veteco Asefave 2000, Segunda Mención de Honor Mejor Fachada Ligera; Accesit Premios COAVN 2001, Modalidad de Rehabilitación; VI Bienal de Arquitectura Española Finalista Rehabilitación, Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España y Ministerio de Fomento 2001