Port Phillip Estate

Port Phillip Estate by Wood / Marsh Architecture won the National Award for Commercial Architecture at the AIA's 2010 National Architecture Awards.

The architects and the client set out to achieve a contemporary wine chateau in the heart of Port Phillip. This is a response to site topography, to much needed site remediation, and represents architecture integral to the business proposition. The curved and barrel building forms derive from the rolling hills of the site and, in the tradition of the European wine chateau, serve to integrate all functions. From restaurant to wine tasting rooms, accommodation, laboratory, wine bottling and cellaring – all are wrapped in the rammed limestone walls of the building.

Arrival is protected; the experience beyond is a secret to be revealed. The building is contemporary but rustic. Heavy timber portal frames radiate off the rammed limestone walls to form the main upper-level spaces for the public. Indeed, this limestone is the primary organizing element for the building; it screens the car park, denotes arrival, aids cellar conditions and is the material with which all other materials are either combined or contrasted throughout.

But it is the building’s relationship to the vineyard which is paramount, with rooms and functions organized around panoramic views of the estate hills and valleys. Materials are soft and warm and include exposed aggregate concrete floors and heavy timber structure, all contributing to the chateau ambience.

This is a fine example of high quality architecture adding to the tourism vitality of a region. Here architectural quality, the quality of the wine and food, estate reputation and estate hospitality merge to form one immensely satisfying experience.

– Jury citation


Wood/Marsh Architecture
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Builder I+P Flemming
Building surveyor McKenzie Group
Landscape consultant Wood/Marsh Architecture
Planning consultant Urbis
Services consultant Irwinconsult
Structural consultant Arup Melbourne
Site Details
Location Mornington Peninsula,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Rural
Project Details
Status Built
Category Commercial, Public / commercial


Awarded Project

Published online: 1 Jul 2011
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2010
Images: Earl Carter, Jean-Luc Laloux


Architecture Australia, November 2010

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