Barcelona Pinell de Brai Winery from the architect Cesar Martinell, Terra Alta. Built in 1922. Photograph by course directors

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Bodega – Enological Metabolism

Thursday 3 – Thursday 17 July 2014

Bodega – Enological Metabolism is again revolving around the idea of working on associations that exist between wine and architecture, furthermore to search for their interdependence and the influences that they may have on one another.

The workshop this year will be the occasion to discover the fascinating cultural patrimony left by the Catalan modernist architects of the so called “Wine Cathedrals” in southern Catalonia.

Emerging as a peculiar building typology in the early 20th century, the modernist winery seems to articulate a reciprocal relationship between wine and its process of making, between the apparatus and the structure, between the content and the container…

Can these buildings be understood as machines? How do structure, materials and spatial organisations relate to the process of wine making? What are all the interlaced systems and strategies that exist within these delicate yet astonishing constructions and their context?

The workshop will run as two parallel experiments occurring simultaneously along the two weeks of the course. One, “Live laboratory for the senses”, is an exploration on the senses, using wine as raw material, it will happen as 1:1 performing installations, empirically testing and provoking unusual sensorial reactions on the body. The other, “Winery, content and container”, initiated from a methodological understanding of constructive, structural and spatial affinities of the modernist bodega, will lead to the design of new models, or even buildings, for a contemporary winery. Using digitally advanced techniques, these latter explorations will take the form of large scale maps and physical models.


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. 

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2014.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop


The course fee is £635 and the Visiting Membership fee is£60. If you are already a Member, please tick the relevant box on the online application form, and the £60 Membership fee will be deducted on the final payment page. AA students will already be AA Members. Your existing Membership must cover the period of the Visiting School you are applying for. For any query please contact

If you are not already an AA Member, you will proceed to pay the £60 Visiting Membership fee and the £635 course fee.

Please note your entered information and photo will be used to process your Membership and ID card.

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


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. 


ETSAB, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, UPC – BarcelonaTECH, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya


Programme Directors
Edouard Cabay
Carles Sala

Barcelona Coordinator
Relja Ferusic

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

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