Roger Wood and Randal Marsh
"We've been in architectural partnership since graduating from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 1983. Since then we've designed a range of projects from private residences and apartment towers to public buildings like the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and urban design including the Eastern Freeway link.
Our architecture is defined by clear bold sculptural form. Restrained materials, texture and colours. We are interested in abstraction and a sense of purpose and place heavily influence our ideas. Much like terroir on wine. With the new Port Phillip Estate winery, we wanted to create a robust sculptural building that celebrated the rural seaside landscape and the art of winemaking.”
The below-ground barrel room
Port Phillip Estate winery, designed by award-winning Wood/Marsh Architecture, sits on a spectacular site in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, overlooking undulating vineyards and Westernport Bay.
The building unfurls across the ridge, spiraling from the ground, and rising to form the dramatic 120-metre eastern wall. This abstract sculptural nestles into the landscape and conceals much of the building, presenting a bold and simple gesture towards the road.
Inside, beyond, the monumental limestone rammed-earth exterior walls, under an over-arching timber-lined ceiling, the dining room and cellar door open to an expansive terrace, taking advantage of the sweeping coastal views. A dramatic staircase descends into the belly of the building, deep underground, revealing a large barrel room, winemaking production facilities, a lab and an accommodation wing. Even though these areas are hidden from the public areas, and carved out of the hillside, they too share the striking panoramic outlook framed through glass doors that open onto private terraces.
Driftwood coloured earthen walls, polished concrete floors, and dark stained timber beams add a soothing subtle palette that changes as day breaks, integrating beautifully with the landscape.
The Port Phillip Estate winery brings a contemporary architectural landmark to the Peninsula, in sympathy with the environment and setting a new benchmark for hospitality.