Architect Julia Gaiduk creates art in motion at Quoin Rock


(Cape Town). The pioneering vision of Dr Julia Gaiduk has transformed Quoin Rock Wine Estate into one of the most masterful architectural undertakings in the Cape Winelands. The family-owned Simonsberg estate has now reopened after two years of reconstruction.

The genius of this reinvention lies in the seamless blend of exterior landscape with magnificent interior space. Symbolism was a driving force of the reconstruction project, with architectural and structural elements drawing on the natural surrounds.

Julia’s main objective was to introduce a level of modernity and contrast by combining existing brick wall structural elements with completely new glass and metal structures.

From the dynamic use of water in the entrance space to the reflection of the natural light in the reception area, every aspect of the work is a feat of creative brilliance. Here a 5,5 metre bronze sculpture of the vine, the “Heart of Quoin Rock”, sets the tone for the symbolic “circle of life” carried through to the internal spaces of the Winery and Gåte Restaurant.

What was previously known as the tasting room has been transformed into fine dining Gåte Restaurant. “Mostly natural materials and light colours were used in the restaurant interior. Two external existing brick walls were removed to open the internal space to the outside – we decided to bring the landscape inside,” explains Julia.

“Symbols of wine production have been used as a core in the interior design. A custom-made oak bar counter became a central focus. The prototype of the bar counter was a French oak barrel, solid wood banded lights symbolised the fermentation process within the barrel.  Three columns in the restaurant space are also framed with a solid wood oak panel — conceptualised as old vines.”

 “All restaurant furniture was designed by us in order to create the most comfortable space, with each small element complementing the main concept of the interior design.”

The original shape of the building prior to renovation was altered by ‘cutting through’ with a completely new element – a pergola, whose crisscrossed I-beam structure is filled with a laser cut panel which offers a beautiful shaded area outside the wine lounge and restaurant area.

The former warehouse of the Winery has been artfully renovated into a Venue Hall. This extension was intended to mirror the silhouette of the existing building within a new metal structure, but the main structure of the extension had to ‘disappear’ into the landscape. The reflection of the landscape in the tinted glass panels achieved exactly that. Now the Venue Hall stands as an eye-catching ‘mirror box’ set within the new metal structure, which repeats the shape of the original building’s façade and reflects the awesome surrounds.

The Venue Hall includes marble flooring, glass walls, huge pivot screens with laser cut panels hiding doors leading to an industrial kitchen. This is beautifully finished off with magnificent brass chandeliers. “Interior design here aimed to combine the existing industrial style of the warehouse with modern elements of public spaces. The eclecticism was chosen as an essential idea in interior design process,” adds Julia.

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Quoin Rock Wine Estate: Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch