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Space 8

Monday 16 – Thursday 26 July 2018

After several years of immersion within the process of wine making, Bodega takes the challenge, this year to construct a 1:1 intervention that creates an immersive space that conditions the senses and the environment for the experience of tasting.

While all sense awaken for the experience of wine tasting, we wonder how can architecture be used to gather all the possible ingredients in order to construct an environment special enough to stimulate the human capacities of viewing, smelling, tasting, touching, hearing.

Starting from an existing wooden structure as a matrix that suggests both enclosure and constructive systems and materiality, the students will develop and propose projects, through 3d and physical modelling that fit the condition of the tasting experience. We will address the surface, continuous and fragmented, that can regulate an environment through the control of wind, light, vision, temperature and humidity. During the design phase, we will encourage exploring questions of geometry and tiling, overlap, continuity, striation but also production potential, exploring folding, bending to eventually work with thermoforming and other advanced construction and manufacturing techniques. 

Support will provided in modelling and parametric design as well as the establishment of fabrication and production strategy. One to one work will be carried with the rigour of a construction site, complying with health and safety conditions as well as the protocolar settings of a collective construction.

The workshop, strongly axed on design and construction, will also be the occasion to learn extensively about the world of wine and wine making. We will benefit from the visit of regional oenologists and professionals form the viticulture world. In the immersive experience of the workshop, wine will accompany conversations and debates on an architecture of the senses…

We will work in two different locations: the first half in Barcelona, working from an architecture studio space in the vibrant techno-district of Poble Nou where will carry design work in contact with makers of the area and the second half in the winemaking Estate of Mas Rodó in the Penedes region (1 hour drive from Barcelona) where we will be collectively constructing one to one

The workshop will be concluded with a public wine tasting event at the winery of which we will be the hosts!

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

Develop spatial awareness as 1:1 enclosure / design according to the senses / tilling of discreet elements / 3d modelling and parametric generative design / 1:1 construction / use of non standard materials / enology.


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. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is eg: 15 July 2018.

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.


Location 1 (4/5 days): Poble Nou, Barcelona, Catalunya. Spain.

Location 2 (5/6 days): Mas Rodo, Carretera Sant Pere Sacarrera a Sant Joan de Mediona, Km 2, 08773 Sant Joan de Mediona, Barcelona, Spain


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

The workshop will happen in two different locations: the first half in Barcelona, working from an architecture studio space in the vibrant district of Poble Nou and the second half in the winemaking Estate of Mas Rodo in the Penedes region (1 hour drive from Barcelona). Transport between the two locations will be provided and is included in the participation fee.

Concerning accommodation, students will be provided with special discounted rates in two hostels in the direct proximity of both working locations.

Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment, model making tools will be provided. 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. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later)


Programme Heads

Edouard Cabay
Carles Sala
Relja Ferusic

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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