Reform of Oenological Station, 2014-2017

“PETER DAVEY PRIZE”, at the Emerging Architectural Awards 2018.






Materiality lime, ceramics, iron and concrete




The project goal was the rehabilitation of the engineer's house for the "Felanitx Oenological Station" (1910-1940), in order to accommodate the headquarters of the appellation of origin "Pla i LLevant". The proposal is defined by three actions: to use the pre-existence in a way they become the main elements of the project, to use local reference materials technicians and craftsmen and to contextualize the building with a reference to the world of wine.

1-Thestartingpointoftheprojectconsistedin conserving every constructive element that was in a good condition, such as the masonry walls, the stairs, both the interior and exterior handrails and an ancient concrete basin, as well as the hydraulic tiles and the windows. Once the constructive pre-existences have been defined, they become the ones that define and configure the interior space, providing them with the prominence their presence imposes, neither altering nor adding elements that undermine them.

2-The used materials accompany the pre-existences in order to reinforce their presence in the project. For instance, the concrete slab for the first floor and the wooden roof are supported by the masonry walls. The lime mortar made in the same town (Felanitx) covers in its whole the vertical faces, even the interior doors and windows’ thresholds. The ceramic thermal blocks and the bottle racks (used by wineries) construct the newverticalelements,  suchasthebathroomand the elevator boxes, as well as a bottle rack piece of furniture attached to a window.




Client: Ajuntament de Felanitx

Location: Felanitx, Mallorca.

Architecture: Aulets 

Structural engineer: Alfons Romero

Architectural Technologist: Miquel Roig

Prime constructor: Construcciones Marin

Built aerea: 230 m2

Project date: 2014

Project complete: 2017

Total bugdet: 245.000 €

Photography: Aulets + José Hevia




The roof is vented and made of a breathable sheet and a 10cm cork insulation. These features allow the building to have a good performance, in order to respond the demands of the extremeclimateconditionsinsummerandwinter. The proposal recycles materials, like the pre-existing windows, which are modified in order to satisfy the current comfort demands.

3-Thebuildingrestorationaimstorecoverits originalintendeduse,  thistimetoaccommodate the headquarters of the appellation of origin “Pla iLLevant”.  Originallythebackyardwasusedasa vineyard to study the attributes of the different varieties. Currently the patio’s used as a parking lot for the health center that occupies the rest of the building. The intervention aims to show the recovery of the            oenological use of the building and its surroundings. This way the area of the project grows as it proposes to place a small vineyard around the building, which will allow the sight from the inside of a wine making landscape. The entry of the building is placed under ametallicpergolamadeofthesamematerialsas thestructuresthatholdthevineyards.  Themetallic structure enters inside the building, where lights hang fromit. To  achievethiseffecttheconcretebeams are placed upside down, leaving visible the metallic lattice in a way that allows the lights to hang in the interior and the vine in the exterior. Suddenly the vineyard floor is under the building’s roof.