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This Giant Rubik's Cube Houses A Tasting Room And A Restaurant

It cost A$16 million to build the d'Arenberg Cube, a five-storey rubik's cube inspired structure which was the brainchild of Chester Osborn, a fourth-generation winemaker of d'Arenberg wines.

It was opened to the public in December 2017 and has received numerous accolades including the NECA excellence award for commercial project, the McLaren Vale tourism award, and the award for Best Tourist Attraction at the South Australian Tourism Awards 2018 among others.

Chester Osborn had the idea to build the d'Arenberg Cube in 2003 but it took a while before the concept could be realized.

It took him about nine years to get the five-storey oddity – which houses a tasting room and a restaurant – built, despite the 2008 financial crisis and opposition from his father and the rest of his family. He also had to fight most of his business managers.

And why a Rubik's Cube as inspiration, here's what Osborn thought:

Osborn’s thinking was that wine is a puzzle to work out, and his vineyard’s names for its wines are also a puzzle. So he asked himself what was the world’s most iconic puzzle, and then, after struggles with architects, engineers and government paperwork, he had his answer – a Rubik’s Cube – built in glass and steel at a cost of about A$16 million (HK$88 million).

Read more about it on SCMP.

(Image credit: Rikx/Flickr)


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