vena-cava-winery
claudia turrent + alejandro d’acosta arquitectos

Boats make excellent (and unexpected) roofs — they’re sturdy and waterproof by definition. And in Baja’s Guadalupe Valley, one of Mexico’s major wine regions, they shelter Vena Cava Winery.

vena-cava-winery-above
claudia turrent + alejandro d’acosta arquitectos

The winery is the creation of married architects Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turrent, who run a design studio in Baja. Explains Gizmodo:

[The couple is] known for their inventive approach to reuse, which includes everything from rammed earth to reclaimed trash. At Vena Cava, the duo salvaged a handful of discarded boats from a nearby port and turned them into vaulted ceilings for the winery’s essential functions.

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claudia turrent + alejandro d’acosta arquitectos

The old boats make for gorgeous barrel vaults, and we’d imagine they keep the interior nice and cool.

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claudia turrent + alejandro d’acosta arquitectos

This isn’t the architects’ only foray into upcycled wineries. At Paralelo winery in Valle de Guadalupe, the couple built retention walls out of old tires packed with dirt, and discarded gas tanks form part of the structure. (L.A. Times has photos of Paralelo.) I smell a new green power couple. Michael Pollan and Judith Belzer, you’re awfully nice, but have you actually ever helped us get drunk?