Port Phillip Estate

Structural Designer


Client Name

Giorgio Gjergja

Images: © Laura Trillitasch


Please note this project was orignally awarded for Industrial or Process Structures.

The Port Phillip Estate Winery, located in Red Hill, Australia represents an iconic landmark that complements the natural environment. Sited just below a ridge, the building unfurls across the site, spiralling out of the ground and rising to form a 100m ribbon wall.

The building houses wine making/storage facilities, a cellar, a restaurant, and 6 luxury accommodation units. Key to the form/ fabric is the ancient and rustic rammed earth walls, which are 400mm thick and rise to 12m. Rammed earth has been used both as structure and cladding.

It’s an environmentally sensitive response that provides an uncompromising architectural landmark which encapsulates the essence of wine making.

Judge's comment:

"A flowing design theme with contextual sensitivity; the perfect blend of ancient and modern technology with well-considered detailing. A masterful solution for a modern winemaking facility, well fitted to its environment."

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