We were thrilled to attend the Master Builders Awards for Excellence in Hobart on Saturday night with our builder, David Dingemanse of d2Spaces and his wife Michelle. 

The awards night was a culmination of a long and satisfying journey with David and his partner, David Gerke (D1 and D2, get it?) to build our winery on-site at Moores Hill. 

d2 Spaces received the award for 'Unique Achievement in Construction', a catergory open to all entrants. 

Completed in Februrary 2017, just in time for vintage, the winery was designed by architect Joel Fletcher of Simplicity Studio.  

The winery is Tasmania's first 100% off grid winery using solar power, collecting its own water and running a closed loop waste management system. The solar system was designed and installed by Mode Electrical & James Suitor Electrical. 

The Project Details: 

  • Moores Hill needed a functional and versatile building for a 100 tonne capacity winery.
  • The project had to utilise an existing slab that had been poured for a kit shed. A change in direction for the business re-imagined the project not only as a production facility but as an opportunity to build a showcase for Moores Hill wines.
  • The building needed to sit comfortably in the bushland setting yet appear modern and innovative.
  • Key considerations were height for tanks and barrels; light and; ventilation in the main space; drainage and a room where temperature could be controlled.
  • We also wanted to create a building that could open out onto a public/entertaining space and take advantage of the views over the vineyard and surrounding valley.
  • The building features and finishes reflect the high quality of Moores Hill wines. Simple and authentic materials are in keeping with the rural surrounds (zincalume and Tasmanian oak)
  • Transparent polycarbonate cladding and open timber screens provide abundant natural light.
  • The use of transparent materials and sliding doors/walls allow visitors to see and experience the inner workings of the winery – allowing Moores Hill to share the craft of winemaking.
  • The idea of exposing the inner workings of winemaking is continued through into the building itself, with all of the normally hidden structural elements, exposed on the exterior facades of the building.
  • The project was completed on a tight time frame and within budget.  

Images: Saige Dingemanse

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