The perfect way to describe it it’s peaceful, because it is what you feel when you look to the renovated warehouse into a visitor centre for a winery with redwood, cypress and rammed earth. This project, fabricated by the Californian firm Walker Warner Architects, serves the referred functions for Flowers Vineyard & Winery, well known for its chardonnay and pinot noir wines. The company that started in 1980 invites everyone to its amazing new spot in the town of Healdsburg, more accessible than its previous location. Follow CovetED, we want to tell you more!
The firm asked for Walker Warner Architects help to renovate the outdated structures of the property that once belonged to VML Winery. The instructions were clear, they didn’t want them to destroy the site’s legacy but to preserve it while updating it at the same time. Choosing the side of sustainability, they chose to redesign the warehouse (converting it into the visitor centre) instead of building something from scratch.
The simple yet beautiful aesthetic it’s impossible to miss, the team decided to embrace the natural feeling of the environment and spread it in a magnificent way, it is impossible to remain indifferent to the work done with such an exemplary scheme.
“Our approach was deceptively simple,” pointed the company principal Brooks Walker. “Let nature dominate and use architecture to frame the experience.”
“The region’s strong, simple vernacular forms served as guide and reference point to help root the architecture to its setting,” added the firm principal Mike McCabe.
Big windows and the inclusion of skylights are some of the strategies that the team combined to reduce energy consumption. Focusing on another important matter of the interiors, it features a variety of rooms where guests can talk in low-back sofas, wicker chairs and wooden tables and sip wine while learning about vinification.
The cypress wall panelling paired with off-white walls are meant to furnish an interesting “yin-yang” contrast to the building’s dark exterior. Focusing on the outdoor, it is more than prepared to receive its guests, let’s start by highlighting a wood-fired oven used to prepare pizza and other fares for wine pairings. In charge of the landscape was the work of Nelson Byrd Woltz and Alexis Woods Landscape Design that made the difference, harmoniously filled with grasses, flowering plants and leafy trees.
“Together, landscape and architecture combine to provide a quiet refuge, a place to celebrate community and friends through the experience of wine,” concluded the team.
Photography is by Douglas Friedman
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