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Bodega – Enological Metabolism

Monday 18 – Thursday 28 July 2016

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Pursuing its desire to weave interrelations between enology and architecture, this year’s AA Barcelona Visiting School explores the potentials of wine and space as two distinctive states: whiteness and transparency.

Meandering between 1:1 and 1:10 scales, traditional and advanced tools of making as well as common and innovative materials; these ten days of workshop offer the opportunity to playfully experiment and to construct with wine.

The aim of this year’s workshop is to design a small architectural installation, which uses wine as prime material and enhances its properties to condition the space for new plausible scenarios.

We will depart from the ‘Live Laboratory of the Senses’ where we will look at wine, both empirically and sprightly, taking it outside of its context - the glass and the mouth- to pursue new sensorial experiences on body and space. The conclusions of these experiments will initiate a design process in which we will conceive 3 proposals of a wine space construction or installation.

Therefore, by building 3 models at a 1:10 scale, students will have the chance to embrace the liquid condition of wine as an opportunity to explore its performative properties, from science to technology.

We will conduct the research in regards with two conceptual environments very present in the experience of wine: white and transparent mediums. A ‘design through making’ methodology will allow us to manufacture, following experimental processes of making and in the context of a parametric thinking.


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer.

The deadline for applications is 4 July 2016.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

The AA Visiting School fee includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. Should you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at:

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

Students should be aware that visas are required for Visiting Schools held both in the UK and abroad and it is the student's responsibility to investigate what is required via the relevant embassies in their country.

Program directors
Edouard Cabay
Carles Sala

Program coordinator
Relja Ferusic


Programme Directors
Edouard Cabay 
Carles Sala

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

Links & Downloads

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The AA has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:

The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making commendable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Educational Oversight.