Geelong & Surf Coast Living Magazine Autumn Edition 2014 - Just Landed

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Massive steel pillars, curved concrete, funky portholes and giant fire station doors open onto the much loved al fresco area of the winery in front of the Cellar Door.

A masterpiece of contemporary architecture and construction, the insitu steel and concrete structure boasts a total weight in excess of 310 tonnes.

Following what can only be described as a very condensed and rather unusual brief of designing 'a building with a hair do', Centrum Architects rose to the challenge and created the blueprints for this timeless formation.

David McDonald and the building team then faced the challenge of bringing the plans to life in a very short time frame — less than 12 weeks from start to finish. This was no mean feat when you fathom what was involved.

Inside, polished concrete floors, a feature wall of old wood panels and posts, a funky suspended fireplace and eclectic furniture complete the picture of contemporary ambience where industrial meets eclectic charm and country warmth.

"It's definitely exciting and one of a kind — a bit like having a gigantic sculpture on our front lawn," said Lyndsay Sharp, Director of Leura Park Estate.

"We're proud to welcome people here to enjoy this great new space for their special occasion, long lazy lunch or just a great excuse for a get together."

"Whilst we were all sad to see our trusty old blue and white striped `Pod' go, everyone here is totally in love with our new building and can't thank Centrum Architects (Geoff, Andrew and Ken), Dave McDonald and our very own Project Manager Kevin Mullins enough."

Leura Park is a must-do when planning your next wine tasting, lunch or `whatever the reason' get together.

Patrons get to enjoy sensational wines in a funky, rustic chic setting while savouring a gourmet stone based pizza, al fresco platter, salt & pepper calamari or perhaps a (seriously hearty) fillet steak sandwich.

The winery also features live music from the 60s, 70s and 80s every Sunday all year round.

Cellar Door Manager, Keryn Bailey is a Leura Park institution — always on hand and smiling to provide a warm (and seriously knowledgeable about wine) welcome to all.

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