Nestled in the picturesque Taungurung country of Mansfield Shire, the Delatite Cellar Door is a true gem that embraces the harsh climate of the Victorian Alps. The project captures the essence of the surrounding landscape while providing a haven of warmth and hospitality.
The brief called for a multifunctional space housing a tasting bar, restaurant, commercial kitchen, storage and amenities. A series of pavilions stretch along the ridgeline, seamlessly connecting with the breathtaking scenery through expansive decks, terraces and courtyards.
Inside, the spaces exude a welcoming domestic quality, reminiscent of family gatherings and hospitality. Rich tones and a reductive palette of natural materials create a textural warmth that embraces visitors. The use of Timbercrete, blackbutt timber lining boards and raw steel forms robust structures, framing views and drawing in abundant natural light.
This standout project not only showcases exceptional design but also exemplifies progressive architecture. It incorporates environmentally sustainable principles, achieving a fully self-sustainable building that produces more energy than it consumes. The integration of biophilic design elements establishes a strong connection to nature, while locally sourced lighting and furniture support the local economy.
Delatite Cellar Door is not only a landmark development for the local community but also sets a new standard for the viticulture industry. Its holistic approach to sustainability, sensitivity to site and impeccable design make it a true sanctuary in the heart of the Victorian Alps.
Furniture: District, Grazia and Co, Thonet, Hospitality Furniture Concepts. Lighting: Ambience Lighting, Richmond Lighting, Lumil, Mark Douglass, Design Nation, IE Francis, Gardens at Night. Finishes: Timbercrete, Steel, Blackbutt timber lining boards, Concrete. Fittings & Fixtures: Linsdey Wherrett Ceramics, Phoenix tapware, Nood, Brodware, Reece, Design Stuff, Big Ass fans, Henry Wilson, Wignells.
Photography: Derek Swalwell