Geometry of Ageing

  • contemporary architecture

Architectural studio TOTEMENT / PAPER designed a museum and a storage for "Alliance-1892, a cognac producer in Kaliningrad region. Theme of winemaking got a unique symbolic presentation in the architectural image of the complex.


On the plan the complex has shape of a pentagon, composed of two figures which broken outlines resemble origami. Though, its volume solution is much elaborated. And the main thing is that it is unpredictable. The architects raised the two buildings onto a single platform visually connected with the main building of the plant. Storage for cognac and wine barrels is a low wooden building. It has a few underground levels, since at all time underground floors are used for wine ageing and storage. The museum building on the contrary is the volume that is expanding in height. It is faced with metal and resembles a bell mouth, built of an iron sheet ends of which do not adhere. According to design this gap represents a vine, illuminated at night. So the plant got a kind of lighthouse, a notable landmark. Bottom of the museum building is transformed into a staircase which cuts into horizontal volume of the storage. Functional purpose of this expansion is obvious: visitors will be able to see design of the last without entering it - in fact, the actual process of wine aging is included in the exhibition devoted to the cognac production. TOTEMENT / PAPER balanced the overall composition of the complex top of the wooden block is designed as a bird break fronting its steel neighbor, and its "tail" on the back side is also cut into the high building. In this interlacement there forms a space with very complex and dynamic geometry, also symbolizing the long process of cognac production, all stages of which are strictly regulated
Text by: Levon Ayrapetov, Valeria Preobrazhenskaya, Anna Martovitskaya
Project. Birds-eye view. Repository museum of “Alliance-1892” cognac house  TOTEMENT / PAPER
Project. Birds-eye view. Repository museum of "Alliance-1892" cognac house TOTEMENT / PAPER

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