Project: Portia Winery

Sir Norman Foster, Pritzker architecture prize winner, designed this re-interpretation of the wine cellar typology covered with corten steel cut down into scale shapes, with three main entrances and a singular facade facing the most visible side of the building. The main facade is made up of an area of stainless steel and glass slats and two curtain wall panels into which portions of truncated cone are inserted, generating elliptic intersections between these and the main façade plane.

The truncated cones are supported by a steel structure, anchored to the concrete base, and a secondary structure cladded with a plastic polymer and stainless steel composite panel plus two intermediate anti-humidity films as well as thermal insulation compose the final detailing. The facade system is a Schüco FW50+ stick curtain wall. Due to a potential issue of differential thermal dilation between the truncated cones and the facades, STRUNOR designed a sliding anchors system that ensured a perfect behaviour of the facade.