McWilliams Wines Administration, Office, Visitor and Laboratory building, Hanwood, NSW.
A Major New Winery Administration, Visitor and Laboratory building in the Riverina, New South Wales to form the face of an established but expanding winery. This building includes a wide program that includes offices, technical testing & tasting laboratories, board room, visitor and tour reception, winemakers work areas, multi function meeting rooms, and break rooms. Functional spaces have been arranged around social ‘hub’ plan that includes communal areas that open on to shaded courtyards, This encourages social interaction amongst staff and visitors. A large entry verandah adjacent a recycled water lagoon aids natural building cooling and provides a decked area and entry path to allow the traditional wine industry ‘walk and talk’ to take place. The building utilises industrial building techniques combined with efficient fitout design and planning to deliver an economical build for the winery. Best Practice environmental design principles are integrated throughout the design, including an automated ‘night purge’ natural ventilation system incorporated to help keep the building cool in the extended hot Griffith summers.