Simon Astridge designs polished wine cave in Putney
Starting from scratch and ending up with a perfectly polished and elegantly dark space, Simon Astridge created an urban wine cellar in London for Kitchen Architecture’s commission. The company wanted to offer a singular wine-tasting experience for their largely private clientele, set up under their recently refurbished Putney showroom. Although Astrdige took inspiration from the underground wine cellars typical in old French farmhouses, his solution is a contemporary interpretation to its bits.
Leaving behind the rustic, ancient coating, he took the basic necessities and dressed them up with the materials and technology of the 21st century. First of all, the cellar got new underpinning, insulation, and waterproofing. References to old traditions include a spire-shaped wine vault, and a trapdoor - this time in glass. The walls are covered with textured black concrete panels, that match the showroom interior upstairs.
Matching the dark colour palette, the furniture is made from either dark laminate graphite or black-finished oak. The staircase, handrail, and wine-cage were all designed by Astridge, and are made of steel that allows for a strict geometry. The cages made of black powder coated, welded steel rods include not only the bottles, but lights as well, casting a gridded shadow over the space. Besides this visual interplay, the cellar lacks any unnecessary, not to say bucolic, ornamentation. Astridge’s wine cave is a refreshing example of how a traditional architectural genre can be matched with contemporary tastes.
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