This renovated vineyard, called Winery Robola, opens its doors to everyone who wants to get to know this special location through wine tasting. This project was designed by Afroditi Lefkaditi of LArchitects. The driving force behind this redesign? The constant contact with nature and integration of local attractions.
The architectural firm LArchitects is based in Kefalonia, the largest Ionian island in western Greece, and was founded in 2004 by Afroditi Lefkaditi and Julia Lefkaditi. Their ambition is to create spaces or buildings that enrich lives. Each time, the team approaches this in a holistic way, both inside and outside, requiring strong skills and a great respect for culture and environment. LArchitects see themselves as designers of experiences rather than conventional architects. Every element within their projects comes together within a clear concept that successfully presents the client's identity.
This vineyard enriches the experience of every visitor.
Right opposite the St. Gerasimos Monastery and on the Omala plateau in the middle of the Greek Island of Kefallonia is the extensive vineyard with a visitor centre called Winery Robola. LArchitects is in charge of this renovation, highlighting the long history and introducing innovative elements that bring the Robola tasting experience into a new era. The complex consists of 2 wings, connected at the edge by a spacious new pergola. This connection embraces the courtyard, which is visually connected to the vineyard, the monastery and the surrounding mountains. This renovated complex boasts numerous architectural features of the monastery, for example, the vaulted gallery space under the sloping tiled roof provides a seamless connection between the interior and exterior. These features are always rendered in an abstract way, aiming for a picturesque reproduction of the monastery's architecture but also introducing a contemporary character. Architect Afroditi Lefkaditi chose a green colour for the walls that corresponds to the colour of the vineyard soil. While the arches and rectangular openings were framed with modern, black metal frames, creating a nice contrast. The same can be seen at the bar, where solid black metal surfaces form a strong visual anchor with the floor. The wall behind is covered with alternating wooden and metal screens, creating a dynamic and irregular geometry.
Thanks to the deliberate architectural decisions of LArchitects and the reliance on local characteristics in a contemporary expression, the project frames the beautiful views very strongly and enriches the experience of every visitor. Want to get enchanted by more impressive projects and inspiring architecture? Be sure to follow us on Instagram on the account Imagicasa Architecture. On this page, we will share unique realisations, promising designs and innovative ideas daily.
Photography by Mirto Iatropoulou