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February 15, 2021

An Award-Winning Greyscale Workspace: The Clemens Strobl Winery

Kathryn Shanks
An Award-Winning Greyscale Workspace: The Clemens Strobl Winery
Minimal design and a reduced colour palette make this north Austrian winery a beautiful yet understated workplace.

Winner of the large workspace category in 2020’s Dezeen Awards, the Clemens Strobl winery in Kirchberg am Wagram is a greyscale study in functionality. Austrian design studio destilat redesigned the winery in 2019, completely renovating the interior of the historic building while constructing an entirely new gabled structure in place of a dilapidated barn. Paying homage to the history of the complex as well as the elegance of the manufacture, distilat produced an open, airy workspace that emphasises the products within.

With a jury composed of top-class experts in the field (including Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects, Norman Foster, and Paola Navone), the Dezeen Awards judge projects on three key criteria: Beauty, Innovation, and Benefit. The destilat-designed winery prevailed out of thirteen shortlisted projects, becoming one of only two category winners from Europe. The jury was particularly impressed with the incorporation of ‘elements that are not synonymous with a typical office’, but that are unique to the business itself, such as a tasting room and wine cellar.

The palette and subdued tones create a monastic feeling to the space where the focus is all on the wine itself and its production.
– DEZEEN AWARDS MASTER JURY

Light constitutes a central design element within the Clemens Strobl winery, streaming through windows and slanted ceiling skylights. The natural light bounces across the greyscale interior, with polished concrete flooring, exposed concrete walls, and grey varnished spruce wood all contributing to a nuanced monochrome aesthetic. Abiding by their clients’ request for ‘as little design as possible’, destilat has crafted a simple yet textured landscape of light greys and whites that makes any introduced colour a striking accent.

The exterior of the newly built section follows the same palette, with grey-washed brickwork forming a neutral addition to the complex. The gabled structure is connected to the original, restored building by an industrial-style steel construction, tapering towards the inner courtyard in black rungs and glass. The dual interiors are connected by the tasting room, which subsequently forms the heart of the winery – a fitting centrepiece where products can be tasted, tested, and appreciated.

The newly restored Clemens Strobl winery is a beautiful meeting of old and new, with the history of the manufacture informing and complementing destilat’s greyscale structure and interior. With open air spaces, high ceilings, and sophisticated material selections, the winery was the perfect choice for Dezeen’s large workspace category.

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