Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes
Winery Tierra Tinta | © César Béjar

Winery Tierra Tinta beautifully blends the essence of the natural landscape with the innovative design of COA Arquitectura. Located amidst a serene lake, vibrant vineyards, and the majestic backdrop of Cerro del Muerto in Mexico, this winery complex celebrates space, structure, and sensory experience.

Winery Tierra Tinta Technical Information

The complex is made up of three buildings and an esplanade for events that are interconnected by corridors and gardens. The buildings are arranged with diagonal geometries, generating view sheds and enclosures between them and, on the other hand, apertures and view directionality towards the different landscape: on the one hand, the lake, vines and view sheds to a belt of eucalyptus trees, on the other, close-up vines and Cerro del Muerto on the background.

– COA Architects

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Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes
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Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes
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Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes
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Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes
© César Béjar
Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes
© César Béjar
Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes
© César Béjar
Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes
© César Béjar
Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes
© César Béjar
Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes
© César Béjar
Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes
© César Béjar
Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes
© César Béjar

Innovative Spatial Arrangement

The winery complex comprises three distinct buildings and an expansive esplanade, all seamlessly connected by corridors and lush gardens. These structures are thoughtfully arranged with diagonal geometries, creating intriguing view sheds and enclosures. This layout ensures privacy and exclusivity within the compound and maximizes the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, ranging from the reflective lake to the expansive vineyards and distant eucalyptus trees.

Rammed Earth Walls

The buildings at Tierra Tinta are characterized by their ‘loose’ suelocemento walls—a unique blend of rammed earth with cement. These walls, varying in form from freestanding squares to ‘C’ shapes, provide a robust yet earthy exterior. Enclosed within these protective walls are the building’s interiors, crafted with light metal and sheet metal structures reminiscent of traditional agricultural constructions found in the countryside.

Engaging with the Natural Environment

The interstitial spaces between the buildings and the main esplanade are meticulously landscaped with desert vegetation. This includes cacti, bushes, olives, and gravel, complemented by low stone walls that double as benches and terrace retaining walls. Parallel to the lake, these elements echo the orderly geometry of the vineyards, creating a harmonious balance between built form and natural setting.

A Journey of Discovery

Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by a striking square of walls, a dramatic backdrop to a row of cacti marking the entrance to the main esplanade. The first building, housing the restroom’s core, features full-height openings delineating entrances. A courtyard with cacti introduces visitors to waiting porticoes, leading to bathrooms with ceilings of metal and wood screens and a continuous steel counter for sinks, ensuring a blend of privacy and openness.

The Heart of the Winery: Production and Tasting

The winery itself is an architectural statement with a 47-meter-long wall guiding visitors towards a courtyard that bifurcates into the production nave and the tasting room. With its ‘sawtooth’ corrugated steel roofing, the production nave draws northern light through steel door windows. Conversely, the tasting room is an immersive experience with pivoting doors that integrate the courtyard, extending out to a wood deck over the lake. The interior, with train sleepers’ flooring and a warm wooden ceiling, is minimally adorned to focus on the wine experience.

A Descent into the Cellar

Descending into the cellar, a serpentine pathway transitions from natural light to an underground realm under the production nave. Here, twin columns support the structure, allowing the earth walls from the excavation to remain visible. This space, filled with wine bottles, boulders, and barrels, is designed to create the perfect atmosphere for wine maturation and enjoyment.

Winery Tierra Tinta Plans

Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes MASTER PLAN
Site Plan | © COA Arquitectura
Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes WINERY FLOOR PLAN
Level 1 | © COA Arquitectura
Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes WINERY BASEMENT PLAN
Basement | © COA Arquitectura
Winery Tierra Tinta in Mexico by COA Arquitectura Cesar Bejar ArchEyes WINERY SECTION '
Section | © COA Arquitectura

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About COA Arquitectura

COA Arquitectura is an architectural firm renowned for its innovative and sustainable approach to design, led by the esteemed Arq. Francisco Gutiérrez. Based in Mexico, the firm focuses on creating spaces that harmoniously blend with their environment while emphasizing functionality and aesthetic appeal. Their portfolio spans a diverse range of projects, including residential, commercial, and cultural buildings, each characterized by a deep respect for natural materials, local traditions, and contemporary design principles.

Notes & Additional Credits
  1. Lead Architect: Arq. Francisco Gutiérrez

  2. Project Manager: Arq. Catalina Joya

  3. Collaborators: Arq. Tania Robles, Arq. María Morales, Arq. Edgar Ramírez

  4. Structural Engineering Firm: CEROMOTION

  5. Lead Engineer: Eng. Juan Jesús Aguirre