The dramatic mountain site, high above the Napa Valley is a wilderness destination that in itself requires a commitment to get to. Our approach to the project began with a reverence for the land, and a strong prioritization of the sensory experience of it.
The aspiration for the design was to create a meaningful work not by using forms that take attention away from the land, but rather through the spatial dialogue of the architecture with the land. The resulting design became a vehicle through which the nuance and character of the land – its terroir – was revealed. The project takes a mature stance on the history and culture of the region, and boldly extends it into the present. It takes a step further to provide a model for environmentally responsive vineyard development, and an innovative use of cutting edge technology to create significant shifts in the construction process, and reduce our impact on the land.
The project challenges the traditional bifurcation of design and construction. Taking the vernacular form of the barn and operating on it in a highly contemporary way, the project provided a unique platform to showcase the potential of direct-to-fabrication design, reduction of time on site, and minimization of site impact. The detailed BIM model was leveraged through all phases of the work to create a highly collaborative environment. The fabrication team was engaged from the early design phases, working in a disciplined way to develop the technical aspects of the project in concert with the creative process.