Environmental sustainability represents a great challenge for HORUS: the winery, designed as an agro-energy plant, has allowed the owners to experience first hand not only the economic, but above all the environmental benefits deriving from this choice.
The idea of cork
“The idea of cork arises from the need to insulate the existing building, as during the summer high temperatures were recorded inside the warehouse – explain the winery designers, architects Christian Tribastone and Giovannella Avola. Cork is an excellent material in both winter and summer, thanks to its good conductivity, but especially its high density and specific heat. All these features together translate into maintaining optimal temperature conditions during winter and summer and therefore minimizing the use of the air conditioning system”.
Sustainability in the cellar and in agriculture
The winery project obviously embraces the idea of environmental sustainability pursued by the company that decided to adopt organic farming and production systems. “The energy requirement of the whole winery – add the two technicians – is satisfied by rooftop PV systems. Furthermore, thanks to an innovative wastewater reuse and recycling system, all the water consumed during the processing cycle can be reused for beneficial purposes. In addition, part of the rainwater from the roof is reused and flows into collection systems”.
A synthesis of simplicity and functionality
The HORUS project was born from the collaboration with the oenologist Giuseppe Romano who perfectly knows the key features for a successful winery. “The building was designed for each stage of the wine making process- specify the architects Tribastone and D’Avola. They are containers inside a large container that house: the laboratory, the barrel room, the wine production area, the tasting room”.