National Wine Centre

Adelaide, South Australia

The National Wine Centre is a flagship of Australia’s internationally renowned wine industry, acting simultaneously as a cultural and educational centre, and a major tourist attraction. The Centre informs visitors of every aspect of the wine industry, including wine-growing, wine-making and new technologies. It contains an interactive museum, a comprehensive range of wine-tasting facilities, offices of Australian wine industry organisations, and function spaces for events.

The Wine Centre uses hemispherical planning, devised to continually associate interiors with landscape, while encouraging visitors to experience each component of the Centre in a sequential way. One side of the arc leads to two refurbished historic buildings – a listed former Tram Barn for a new State Herbarium, with the Adelaide Botanic Gardens administration located in the other building.

The Wine Centre’s iconic building forms are partly inspired by segments of wine barrels and partly by the skeletal nature of winter vines. The layout of building components preserves significant trees on the site, with the new plantings radially orientated to focus views into the gardens. A range of landscape ‘interventions’ are used to graduate the change from the building edges to natural contours beyond the garden.

National Wine Centre
National Wine Centre
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Award of Merit for New Build, AIA SA 2002

Award for Steel Construction Excellence , AISC 2002

Best Architecture Award, 7th World Conference on Timber Engineering Malaysia 2002

Award for Excellence in Urban Planning, UDIA 2001

Award for Public and Commercial Building, Australian Timber Design Awards 2001

Best use of Timber Engineering, Australian Timber Design Awards 2001

Supreme Timber Design Award, Australian Timber Design Awards 2001

In association with
Grieve Gillett
South Australian Government
Project Status
Completed, 1997-2000
Key Consultants
Walbridge & Gilbert, Murray Young & Associates, Bestec, EDAW, Bassett Consulting, Rawlinsons, The Mack Group, Ashley Hallandale & Associates, Katnich Dodd, Webb Australia
Contractor / Builder
Hansen Yuncken
Gross Floor Area
Claudio Aravena Mesías