Miloš Winery: Upgrading a Modern Hospitality and Tourism Facility for More Living Comfort on the Terrace

Miloš Winery: Upgrading a Modern Hospitality and Tourism Facility for More Living Comfort on the Terrace

In the picturesque village of Ponikve on the Pelješac Peninsula, the Miloš family faced a unique challenge: how to create a winery that combines over half a century of organic wine production tradition with the demands of the modern visitor, who expects a high level of comfort. The key request from the client was to transform the upper terrace into a more functional space. This meant creating an area that would provide high living comfort without overheating, enough indirect light without glare, proper ventilation, and a pleasant environment even on rainy and windy days. Additionally, the solution had to be integrated into the existing structure.

Meeting all the client’s requirements was essential for the continued success of tourism on this organic estate.

Blending Tradition and Modernity

The new Miloš Winery building, completed in 2022, spans over 1,000 square meters and is a true architectural gem built into live rock, providing ideal conditions for wine aging. The interiors are carefully designed, incorporating both traditional and modern solutions for efficient wine production and storage. Similarly, the exterior of the winery blends local stone and wood with modern architectural elements of steel.

The most notable feature of the exterior is the second-floor terrace, an extension of the restaurant. To allow guests to enjoy tastings and the stunning view, the investor wanted to add a canopy to the existing impressive steel structure to provide protection from heat and rain. This canopy needed to let light into the interior spaces and blend seamlessly with the building’s architecture. The strong sun and wind significantly affect this location, making open terraces without effective sun protection, which must also be stable in strong winds, unusable. Fixed canopies or fabric shades did not meet all the criteria, so the Miloš family sought a suitable solution for a long time.

More Than Just a Bioclimatic Pergola

For Miloš Winery, we designed and built a bioclimatic pergola, now elegantly integrated above the existing terrace structure. We followed the shapes of the existing construction and installed five modules parallelly, appearing as one while each operates independently, providing greater control over creating perfect comfort for guests.

Special attention was given to the different heights of the existing substructure and wall fixation. Due to drainage requirements, a slope was necessary, meaning the pergola’s connection to the wall is not at a typical 90-degree angle. Our engineering team provided an elegant solution that is barely noticeable when looking up and ensured that, despite the non-standard wall connection, the pergola seals perfectly.

Installing pergolas on the architectural steel structure was a particular challenge because the construction tolerances were not within the pergola’s tolerances. Therefore, our engineers first prepared a suitable and aesthetic solution, created plans approved by the client before production.

We implemented the solution with special stainless steel exchange plates integrated between the steel structure and the pergola, aligning mutual tolerances. This solution is designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 150 km/h.

The pergola ensures complete control over light and shade, waterproof terrace roofing, optimal lighting, and an aesthetically refined solution in minimalist beige (RAL 1013 FS), matching the building’s overall color.

The new Miloš Winery is not just a place for wine production but also an example of architecture and technological solutions that combine tradition and innovation. The project of covering the upper terrace demonstrates how Soltec’s innovative solutions can complement modern architecture and enhance the space’s functionality. The client received an architectural solution with a high level of living comfort, without overheating, enough indirect light, and no glare. The bioclimatic pergola transformed the open terrace into a pleasant space suitable for all weather conditions.

“We are extremely satisfied. It looks even better in person and is truly impressive. The installers did an excellent job. It was complicated, but they did everything perfectly. We are really thrilled with everything. Thank you and the whole team for a great job. We are very happy to have had the opportunity to work with you.”

— The Miloš Family

Learn More About Bioclimatic Pergolas

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

The main goal was to enhance the upper terrace to provide high living comfort without overheating, ensure sufficient indirect light without glare, and maintain a pleasant atmosphere in all weather conditions, while seamlessly integrating into the existing structure.

The bioclimatic pergola offers optimal control over light and shade, provides waterproof protection, and ensures ventilation, making the terrace usable and comfortable in various weather conditions. It aesthetically integrates with the existing architecture.

The pergola and terrace design combine traditional materials like local stone and wood with modern steel elements. The pergola itself is made of durable, weather-resistant materials and is designed to blend seamlessly with the existing structure.

The main challenges included accommodating different heights of the existing substructure, ensuring proper drainage with a non-standard wall connection, and aligning the pergola with the steel structure’s tolerances. These challenges were overcome with innovative engineering solutions.

The pergola is designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 150 km/h, ensuring stability and durability in harsh weather conditions. Special stainless steel plates were used to integrate the pergola with the existing steel structure, providing additional strength and resilience.

A dynamic façade for the challenges of the seaside environment – a well-thought-out solution for the Blu Mare Hotel

A dynamic façade for the challenges of the seaside environment – a well-thought-out solution for the Blu Mare Hotel

On the Croatian coast, where the Mediterranean sun meets the Istrian stone, the new Blu Mare resort is built. Its unique, dynamic façade, made up of hand-driven sliding panels, is not only an aesthetic highlight, but also offers a range of functional benefits that provide guests with total comfort all year round.


These innovative sliding panels are a clever solution to the challenges of the seaside environment, preventing overheating in summer, allowing pleasant indirect light, protecting against wind, reducing noise and allowing privacy. The contemporary design blends harmoniously into the architecture of the old town while offering a unique visual effect. The panels are made of top quality materials and the manual operation makes it easy and quick to create the perfect living comfort. The Blu Mare project in Novigrad is an outstanding example of innovative architecture that builds on tradition with technological solutions and offers a sophisticated solution for comfortable living in a marine environment.


Following the architect’s conceptual design, the Soltec team took care of the entire process: from the project team’s consultation with the client, to the preparation of technical and structural documentation, production, installation and project management.

Challenge: A functional and aesthetically sophisticated façade that withstands the marine climate

The architects faced two key challenges with Blu Mare. Firstly, they needed to create a façade that would withstand the strong wind gusts typical of a coastal area. Wind speeds in Novigrad can reach up to 160 km/h, which poses a major challenge to the structural stability of the façade. Secondly, the façade had to be aesthetically compatible with the architecture of the old town and at the same time offer a modern design.

The project was carried out in accordance with the building profession, which means the sequence of the process from the architect’s conception, the project team’s consultation with the client, the preparation of technical and structural documentation, production, installation and project management – all carried out by the Soltec team. The project was delivered on time and on budget. The client is very satisfied with the result.

Innovative solution: sliding panels that combine functionality and aesthetics

The cooperation with the Randić i suradnici / Atelier West architectural office has been extremely fruitful and has resulted in a unique solution that exceeds expectations. A team of engineers and architects, in collaboration with the client, developed an innovative sliding panel system that meets all the project requirements. The total surface area of the installed panels is 400 m2 and the overall system is characterised by:

  • tall and rigid panels: despite the panels’ exceptional height – up to 350 cm – their thoughtfully designed construction ensures stability even in windy conditions – wind resistance.
  • unique locking of the sliding panels in extreme positions: a patented spring steel locking system prevents the panels from being accidentally opened or closed by strong winds. The locks have been dimensioned and tested by Soltec to ensure maximum durability and smooth operation.
  • manual sliding panels: convenient manual operation of the panels allows easy opening and closing on the entire triple-guide system.
  • materials and paint for seaside climate: all materials used are resistant to UV rays, salt water and temperature extremes. The colour of the sliding panels has been carefully selected to blend harmoniously into the surroundings.
  • clamping of the panels for smooth operation over a wide temperature range: a specially designed clamping system allows the sliding panels to expand and contract with temperature fluctuations, preventing deformation and ensuring smooth operation.
  • specially treated panels: ensure aesthetically refined details and resistance to weathering and frequent use.


The sliding panels are reminiscent of the traditional Istrian shutters, known in these parts by various names such as škodle, pršule or letnice. Modern technology ensures that the panels move smoothly, easily and comfortably by hand.

Comfort all year round: tailor-made sunlight

Although restrained at first glance, Blu Mare’s dynamic façade is vibrant and different every day. But first and foremost, it is designed with the user in mind. Sliding panels allow sunlight to be regulated, preventing the rooms from overheating in the summer months and ensuring pleasant, glare-free lighting. During the winter months, the panels can be opened to let warm sunlight into the room. In addition, the façade protects against wind and reduces noise from the surrounding area, which further contributes to the comfort of the guests. And of course there is the element of privacy that the panels allow without blocking the view of the setting sun over the Adriatic.


The Blu Mare project is a fine example of innovative architecture that combines functionality, aesthetics and sustainability. It offers a solution to the challenges of modern construction in a seaside environment, while creating a unique and comfortable living experience.


The dynamic façade of the Blu Mare Hotel is another example of the innovative solutions offered by Soltec. With experience and expertise, the company works with architects, builders and investors to realise their visions and create unique spaces that combine aesthetics, functionality and sustainability.




Further information:

Blu Mare Resort website

Website of Randić i suradnici/Atelier West

More about sliding panels

FAQ – pogosto zastavljena vprašanja

A dynamic façade is a system of movable panels that allow sunlight regulation, ventilation and privacy control. In the case of Blu Mare Hotel, the façade protects against overheating in summer, provides pleasant, glare-free lighting and lets in warm sunlight in winter. It also provides protection against wind and noise and allows privacy to be controlled without obstructing the view of the sea.

The façade consists of frames and panels made of different materials. The choice of materials depends on the desired functionality and aesthetic expression.

The façade is manually operated by moving the panels left and right.

  • A constantly changing image: the sliding panels are constantly moving and adapting to the sun, creating an ever-changing, dynamic façade. This not only aesthetically enriches the building, but also ensures optimum shading throughout the day.
  • Functional aesthetics: Each façade element has a dual function – aesthetic and functional. The design of the panels not only complements the architecture of the building, but also allows for efficient sunlight regulation, ventilation and privacy control.

Soltec works closely with the architects at all levels of the project to ensure that their vision of a dynamic façade is fully realised. This includes:


  • Understanding the concept: carefully study the architect’s ideas, sketches and plans to fully understand their concept and vision for the façade.
  • Technical feasibility: assess the technical feasibility of the architect’s ideas and propose possible solutions to challenges that may arise during construction.
  • Material selection: works with the architects to select appropriate materials for the façade that are aesthetically sophisticated, functional and sustainable.
  • Fabrication and installation: arrange for the fabrication and installation of façade elements in accordance with the architect’s specifications and the highest quality standards.
  • Testing and maintenance: performs testing of the façade to ensure that it is functioning properly and provides maintenance instructions to ensure that the façade remains stunning and functional for many years to come.

Transform Your Outdoor Space with Soltec Bioclimatic Pergolas: Why You Need to Plan Ahead

Are you tired of boring outdoor spaces that lack personality and charm? Look no further than Soltec Bioclimatic Pergolas. These innovative structures can transform any backyard or patio into a stunning oasis, providing both shade and shelter while adding a touch of elegance to your property. But before making the investment, it’s crucial to plan ahead to ensure that your pergola fits seamlessly with your existing landscape and meets all your practical needs. Keep reading to learn why Soltec Bioclimatic Pergolas are worth the effort!

Introduction to Soltec Bioclimatic Pergolas

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, many of us start to think about spending more time outdoors. Whether you have a small patio or a large backyard, adding a bioclimatic pergola from Soltec can transform your outdoor space into a comfortable and stylish retreat.

Bioclimatic pergolas are designed to provide shade and protection from the sun, while also allowing you to control the temperature and airflow in your outdoor space. With adjustable blades, you can block out the sun when it’s too hot, or open them up to let in some natural light and air flow on cooler days. Not to mention a wide array of accessories that will make this pergola your favourite part of the house.

Soltec offers a wide range of bioclimatic pergola styles to suit any home or business, so it’s important to plan ahead to make sure you choose the right one for your needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a bioclimatic pergola.

Benefits of Planning Ahead

When it comes to home improvement projects, it pays to plan ahead. This is especially true for outdoor projects like installing a bioclimatic pergola. By taking the time to plan your project in advance, you can avoid common pitfalls and ensure that your new pergola is everything you dreamed it would be.

There are several benefits to planning ahead for your bioclimatic pergola project. First, by doing your research and planning in advance, you can be sure to select the right size and style of pergola for your needs. There’s nothing worse than ordering a pergola only to find out that it’s too small or not the right style for your home.

Second, planning ahead gives you time to save up for your project. A bioclimatic pergola can be a significant investment, so it’s important to make sure you have the financial resources in place before starting the project. By starting early and saving little by little, you can avoid going into debt or overspending on your new outdoor space.

Finally, planning ahead gives you time to prepare your outdoor space for the installation of your new pergola. This may include clearing away any existing patio furniture or landscaping features, as well as preparing the ground for the new foundation. Taking care of these details in advance will make the actual installation process much smoother and less stressful.

Design Options Available

When it comes to designing your outdoor space, there are many factors to consider. But one of the most important is the weather. You need to make sure that your pergola will be able to withstand whatever Mother Nature throws its way.

That’s where Soltec Bioclimatic Pergolas come in. These pergolas are designed to withstand the elements, whether it’s scorching sun or driving rain. And because they’re made with high-quality materials, you can rest assured that they’ll look beautiful for years to come.

There are a variety of design options available when you choose Soltec Bioclimatic Pergolas. Whether you’re looking for a classic 2-post pergola or something more modern, we have a style that will fit your needs. We can also customize the size and shape of your pergola to ensure that it fits perfectly in your outdoor space.

If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space, contact us today. We’ll help you choose the perfect Soltec Bioclimatic Pergola for your home and provide expert installation services.

Preparing for Installation

As with any home improvement project, it is important to plan ahead when installing a Soltec Bioclimatic Pergola. This will ensure that the installation process goes smoothly and that you are happy with the final results. Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for your pergola installation:

  1. Choose the right location: The location of your pergola is important for both function and aesthetics. Make sure to choose a spot that receives enough sunlight, as you will want to soak up the sun in the early spring. You should also consider things like views, privacy, and whether the area is large enough to accommodate the size of pergola you have in mind.
  2. Get accurate measurements: Once you have chosen the perfect location for your pergola, it is time to get accurate measurements. This is important so that the structure can be built correctly and to avoid any issues during installation. Be sure to measure the length, width, and height of the area where the pergola will be installed. Of course, our engineers can help you with that.
  3. Clear away any obstacles: Before installation can begin, all obstacles in the area must be removed. This includes things like trees, bushes, or other landscaping features that could get in the way.
  4. Prepare the foundation. Whether it’s a balcony, a terrace or a special spot in your garden, a bioclimatic pergola needs a foundation. Our sales team will gladly tell you more about the preparations that need to take place before we can install your perfect pergola.
  5. Plan ahead. Spring and summer are our busiest months for installations, so order your pergola well ahead. We need time to design it perfectly and construct it carefully before it can be assembled at your house.

As you can see, planning ahead for the installation of your Soltec Bioclimatic Pergola is essential to ensure that it meets all your expectations. With a few simple steps, such as assessing which type of pergola best suits your outdoor space and measuring accurately to make sure everything fits perfectly, you can transform your outdoor area into an inviting and functional space for all seasons. The end result will be worth the effort — a stunning feature that adds value to any home or business.

Contemporary Pergola Design

Contemporary Pergola Design

Are you envisioning the perfect outdoor space where you can relax, entertain, and enjoy the beauty of nature? Look no further than the versatile and stylish modern pergola designs. Traditionally, pergolas were crafted from wood, often adorned with lush foliage, but contemporary pergola designs have evolved to suit modern tastes and needs.

Embracing Contemporary Design

Contemporary pergola designs cater to those who appreciate a sleek and minimalist aesthetic. Unlike their traditional counterparts, modern pergolas prioritize clean lines and simplicity. One popular variation is the contemporary bioclimatic pergola, which seamlessly blends into modern environments with its minimalistic structure and thinner lines. Unlike traditional wooden pergolas, contemporary designs often utilize aluminum as the primary material, offering durability and a sleek appearance.


One notable addition is the bioclimatic pergola roof, which consists of adjustable aluminum blades. These blades can be manipulated to create a waterproof covering or to allow sunlight and fresh air to filter through, providing customizable comfort and protection from the elements.

Innovative Features of Modern Pergolas

The transition to aluminum has introduced innovative features that enhance the functionality and appeal of modern pergolas. One notable addition is the bioclimatic pergola roof, which consists of adjustable aluminum blades. These blades can be manipulated to create a waterproof covering or to allow sunlight and fresh air to filter through, providing customizable comfort and protection from the elements. Additionally, modern pergolas can be equipped with additional equipment and features hidden drainage systems, LED lighting, integrated speakers, and other amenities to elevate your outdoor experience.

Versatility in Design and Functionality

Contemporary pergolas are incredibly versatile and can be tailored to suit various outdoor settings and purposes. Whether you’re looking to create a cozy seating area, cover a dining space, or provide shade for a swimming pool, there’s a modern pergola design to meet your needs. Moreover, modern pergolas aren’t limited to freestanding structures; they can seamlessly integrate into your outdoor space as extensions of your home. With options for custom flooring, walls made of wood or glass, and canopy additions, modern pergolas offer endless possibilities for creating your ideal outdoor oasis.

Transform Your Outdoor Living Space

With their sleek aesthetics, innovative features, and adaptability, modern pergola designs inspire homeowners to reimagine their outdoor living spaces. Whether you prefer a contemporary style that complements modern architecture or a more traditional look with natural elements, there’s a pergola design to suit your taste and lifestyle. By incorporating a modern pergola into your outdoor area, you can create a functional and inviting space where you can unwind, entertain, and connect with nature—all while adding value and charm to your home.

Not every canopy is a pergola, and not every pergola is a Soltec bioclimatic pergola. To create an additional living space that you can use all year round, regardless of weather conditions, we had to think outside the box. Get inspired today and take a stroll through our gallery.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Bioclimatic pergolas offer adjustable louvered roofs for sun control, ventilation, and rain protection.

Modern pergolas can incorporate hidden drainage, lighting, glass, wood or ALU panels, ZIP roller blinds, and speakers for an enhanced outdoor experience.

Absolutely! With various materials, colors, and add-on features, you can create a pergola that perfectly suits your style. They can cover patios, pool areas, or create designated outdoor dining or relaxation zones.