An Old Winery Combined with Gehry’s Architectural Vision in Elciego, Spain

In northern Spain they have something they call the ‘Guggenheim Effect’.

This has to do with the spectacular Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao which has spouted a mass of modern architecture in the northern provinces.
Frank Gehry's architectural design for the Guggenheim modern art museum in Bilbao, SpainHaving seen my first Gehry architectural design in Bilbao, I was hungry for more and it turned out there was a hotel designed by him in Elciego in La Rioja, a major grape growing region in Spain. The hotel was attached to the Winery Marqués de Riscal which dates back to 1858, making it the oldest winery in the region.

Enter the province of La Rioja in October and the smell of wine permeates the air.Vinyard in La Rioja, SpainThe original winery was built of the local golden stone in the sort of traditional four-square architecture that we saw all over the region.
The Winery Marqués de Riscal winery in La Rioja, Spain made of the stone of the regionBehind the winery a modern building of cubes of the same stone was visible, Gehry’s nod to the traditional building design of La Rioja. Often I find that combining new with old is somewhat disastrous but I find that Gehry tends to focus on creating an interesting dialogue between the two radically different styles.
Frank Gehry architecture in Elciego, a hotel attached to a Marqués de Riscal in La Rioja, SpainGo around to the other side and Gehry’s signature swoops of metal appear, in tints ranging from green to gold to dark pink, inspired, they say, by the colour of the wine.
Frank Gehry architecture in El Ciego, a hotel attached to a winery in La Rioja, SpainFrank Gehry architecture in Elciego, a hotel attached to Winery Marqués de Riscal in La Rioja, Spain

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