Cavas Josep Mª Raventós i Blanc wineries
1986-1988 Jaume Bach with Gabriel Mora
 
address
Plaça del Roure
Sant Sadurnín d´Anoia
Spain
client
Josep Maria Raventós
contractor
Comspacava
collaborators
Joan Ardèvol (quantity surveyor), Brufau, Obiol, Moya i Associats (structure), Albert Vilanova (mechanical engineering)
photos
Lluis Casals
description
The new complex for the production of cava, the Catalan sparkling wine, is located on an estate in the Penedès region. Opposite some fine Modernists buildings by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, it is placed at the point where the hills outside Sant Sadurní meet the vineyards which slope gently towards the foot of the mountain of Montserrat.
The layout of the various buildings gives the complex a linear expansion, gaining in presence as it extends. The circular courtyard embraces and draws attention to the hundred-year-old oak of Can Codorniu. Another, more functional, rectangular courtyard serves to relate the buildings with their process. A belvedere tower, with accesses on various levels, houses the technical plant and signposts the entrance to the complex at the point of encounter of the different geometric traces embodied in the two courtyards.
The load-bearing walls are predominantly of red brick. The most representative spaces are roofed with in situ concrete beams and mixed techniques of concrete and brickwork vaults characteristic of the region.