Swiss architects Bearth and Deplazes have created Winery Obrecht at the eastern entrance to the village of Jenins in Switzerland. The architects have formed a courtyard by adding a new building to the ‘assembly’ of existing structures, which include the former ‘Zur Sonne’ inn and wooden stable, with later additions including an additional stable, a shed, and a barn.
The new building at ground level comprises two stores and an ‘orangerie’ (a winter garden), under a common roof, framing the vineyard. It accommodates an office, kitchen, tasting rooms, and space for vehicles. Beneath the building and the courtyard lies a vast chambered and segmented space with connecting tunnels. These spaces house the ‘torkel’ (a press for winemaking) and ‘cuverie’ (fermentation vats), as well as underground facilities for wine aging and storage. Photo Christian Obrecht. Bearth and Deplazes