Bodega, Enological Metabolism

Maria Font
31 de March 2013
Maria Font  323 points  Contributor
Your rating: None
Friday, 12 July, 2013 - 09:00 - Friday, 26 July, 2013 - 20:00


Barcelona - Bodega, Enological Metabolism

Barcelona, Spain

Friday 12 – Friday 26 July 2013

Spain’s great heritage and tradition on wine production has led the country to become the world’s first region in vineyard extension and, as a result, the pursuit for quality is already an obsession for many wineries to gain a foothold in the international market. In turn, a very accurate set of methods and techniques are currently being implanted to ensure a full control over the whole process of wine making as means of optimization in design for enologists.

Relying on the use of digital diagramming and mapping, we will unfold the metabolism of wine production and dissect techniques and technologies involved in the processes. Underlining the characteristics of time information and feedback, we will recognize the potential of the use of Control Systems as an essential design tool.

The students will be organised in groups and will be focussing on a different segment of the production. Equipped with analogic or digital tools, students will record quantitative information onsite to understand the variable factors that can influence the quality of the wine. The object of this preliminary phase will be the creation of a series of drawings using digital tools to work on the cartographical representation of the mappings.

Concluding the research, we will address the spatial and organizational attributes of the process to envisage, through the production of drawings, digital and physical models, potential architectural solutions for a contemporary bodega. The results of will be presented on the last day of the course to a multidisciplinary panel of experts from the architecture and enological world in a public presentation at the ETSAB, ‘Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya’.


The deadline for applications is 14 June 2013.  A CV or a portfolio is not required. Completing the online application registers you to the programme.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required for entry to Spain, 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.

For any queries and further information on the Barcelona Visiting School contact


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant plus  a £60 Visiting Membership Fee. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system. Fees are non refundable. 

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but affordable individual or shared accommodation will be provided, if needed (prices TBC). 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. Software skills in Rhino and Grasshopper will be appreciated but not required.



Spain is a country that is known for its special wine preparation. There is a different tradition to prepare wines and supply the whole of Europe the best wines as report shows that Spain the largest production house of the wine and the most famous brands are mostly from Spain.