S.O.W part 50: Vik

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Hoteliers Alex and Carrie Vik hosted a competition among Chilean architects in 2007 for a commission to design a winery for their new label, Vik. Smiljan Radic took the prize and created a long, low building at the center of the couple’s 11,000-acre estate in the Millahue Valley, south of Santiago. Radic, who designed this year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London, kept the building’s profile unobtrusive by creating underground levels for processing and storing wine. An expansive shallow pool that holds water used to cool the lower levels is crisscrossed with concrete pathways and decorated with boulders.


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