Explore the world's #1 largest database of ideas and innovations, with over 400,000 inspiring examples.
Uncover major shifts and emerging opportunities with our exclusive PRO research.
Trend Reports
Discover why 750 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Join over 200,000 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
Join 20,000,000+ people getting better and faster with our New York Times Bestselling methods, best innovation books & keynote videos.
Get special access to premium content, topic tracking and customizable tools through our AI-powered Dashboard.
Learn how the Trend Hunter harnesses the power of artificial intelligence.
Enhance your innovation potential with a deeper understanding of your unique innovation archetype and how your organization benchmarks.
Accelerate innovation and ignite disruptive thinking with our award-winning programs and research.
Keynotes & Workshops
Empower your team with the insights and frameworks they need to innovate better and faster.
Custom Research
Get fast, customized trend reports, presentations and deep dives 20x faster than traditional research.
Get started today with a free consultation, our self-serve tools, or a dedicated program.
Jeremy Gutsche
Ignite your event with our CEO, a NY Times Bestselling Author and one of the top innovation keynote speakers.
Our Team of Futurists
Inspire your group with our most popular speakers on innovation, trends, change and futurism.
Get in touch to learn more, ask a question or submit a tip.
About Us
Learn more about Trend Hunter and how we accelerate innovation.
Get answers to common questions about Trend Hunter.
Stay on the cutting-edge with the help of the Trend Hunter community.
Meet the team trusted by hundreds of leading businesses worldwide.
Find opportunities to accelerate your career with the #1 Trend Firm.
Grow your professional skillset in an award-winning workplace.
Catch up on noteworthy Trend Hunter news and media mentions.
Build a portfolio and put your trend-spotting abilities to the test.
Supercharge your marketing by partnering with Trend Hunter.
Visit your public portfolio and browse your past articles.
Add a Trend
Write up an article and showcase your trend-spotting skills.
My Trends
Edit your articles and see how they stack up on the leaderboards.
Edit your profile, connect your social media accounts, and more.
Add a trend, customize your dashboard, or track topics.
Future Festival
World Summit
Learn why 97% of people rate it "the best innovation conference ever".
1-Day Innovation Events
Explore our 2019 tour dates and find the best city to inspire your team.
Custom Events
Host a custom innovation conference in your city that will inform and inspire.
Custom Training
Bring the Future Festival experience directly to your team with custom training packages.
Search our database of over 390,000 cutting edge ideas.

Solar Vineyard Chapels

This Vinyard Design Project Explores the Alchemy of Wine and Architecture

— February 22, 2016 — Eco
This design by Margot Krasojevic is located in a working vineyard in Franschhoek, South Africa. The clients wanted a defined area for weddings and ceremonies to take place on the wine estate, with a condition to integrate the wine process along with solar technology and an altar.

The wine estate predominantly makes red grapes, which are associated with religious ceremonies and the alchemy of the human condition ranging from clarity to inebriation. This was used as a starting point for the design criteria and what it means to be between states, be they fermentation processes, the relationship between ever-evolving technology and traditional wine processes or the symbiotic relationship between a married couple. Wine is the inspiration, a substance of conversion and the design reflects this quality.

There are a few themes that are explored in this chapel: the new with the old, harnessing renewable energy as part of a design process rather than as a polite afterthought and how this changing environment can be reflected in the formal configuration of the chapel. As such, the chapel is made up of a cluster of solar panels and concentrators to reduce the number and size of the overall solar panels. This makes for a lighter structure. A fresnel lens focuses sunlight intensifying it's strength, the rest of the glass panes have holographic filters in order to choreograph the changing light levels on the farm. The steel framework suspends these panels, mimicking the surrounding mountains and vertiginous terrain found in Franschhoek. The chapel itself is a reinforced concrete shell from which slide partitions creating an ever-changing relationship with the wine estate. The canopy framework allows the solar concentrator panels to expand and retract across the primary structure supported by load-bearing walls.

The entire structure has a breathing quality to it similar to that of red wine, it opens and closes revealing different characteristics of the spatial configurations. The cluster of solar panels and concentrators is angled in order to achieve a more efficient exposure to sunlight, the intensity of the sun in this area needs to be managed within the design, this is done by using the existing wine estates irrigation system for the vines to cool down the solar concentrators and their fresnel lenses, which lose their efficiency when overheated making them unstable and needing more frequent replacement, the electricity that is generated by these panels runs the irrigation system throughout the entire farm, anything left over is put back into the grid ans a contribution from the farm.

The farm hosts many weddings, wine tasting and religious ceremonies, this structure brings together these programs defining a new architectural typology.