Walker Warner Architects lately accomplished a brand new vineyard facility, the Home of Flowers, in Healdsburg, California. The undertaking included Maca Huneeus for interiors and Nelson Byrd Woltz for panorama structure.
Positioned minutes from downtown Healdsburg, within the coronary heart of Russian River Valley, and initially constructed as a vineyard within the mid-70s, the services on this 13.5 acre property had deteriorated and turn into outdated. Lengthy identified for its rustic allure and genuine connection to nature, the location held promise. By coincidence, Flowers Winery & Vineyard was in search of a venue to showcase their sustainably produced wines inside a setting that expressed their nature-based ethos. Alternative met serendipity to turn into an ideal union of context and intent, and a house for Flowers’ hospitality home.
The problem was the right way to evolve the prevailing assortment of services and protect the pure legacy whereas making certain that the venue may meet the expectations of at present and turn into a vacation spot in its personal proper. “Our method was deceptively easy,” famous Brooks Walker, principal at Walker Warner Architects. “Let nature dominate and use structure to border the expertise. Finally, it is concerning the expertise of this place.”
Set inside a redwood grove, the prevailing buildings had been largely disconnected from their wealthy panorama. The technique was to search out methods to reconnect guests to the panorama whereas reimagining what was a collection of straightforward industrial buildings. This reinvigorated journey started by investing the location with a way of orientation. New pathways lead guests from the parking space to the up to date customer heart. Beforehand a warehouse, the brand new hospitality home supplies visitors with an orientation to the location and introduces the Flowers’ story. As with the opposite present on-site buildings, the 15,700-square-foot hospitality home has been stained a shadowy black-inspired by the deep shade of the encompassing redwood grove-to assist the buildings recede into the location and permit the panorama to turn into the main focus.
“The panorama design on the Home of Flowers amplifies distinct California panorama ecologies making a deeply rooted sense of place and a story according to Flowers’ genuine winemaking,” defined Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Panorama Architects. “Embodying distinct and iconic California ecologies, the Home of Flowers panorama design bridges the space between its Russian River Valley location and the vineyards alongside the bluffs of the Sonoma Coast. The terraces and gardens evoke the terrain the place the featured Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties and the story of Flowers Vineyard itself originate.”
Reworking the prevailing buildings relatively than constructing anew aligned with the Flowers’ dedication to sustainability. The method, which enabled many of the unique construction to be ‘recycled,’ gave focus to the design efforts, elevating what was already current. Passive power strategies-low-cost, high-impact-were maximized and included profiting from daylight (skylight and huge home windows) and shade (exterior wooden slats function a veil whereas the encompassing redwood grove affords further shade). Sustainability is strengthened by a number of massive, monumental purposeful wooden installations product of salvaged logs by artist Evan Shively.
Tucked discretely into the panorama, the transformation concerned including a pop-up ingredient at one finish of the single-story hospitality home. The addition knits constructing with topography, leading to a multi-level facility that preserves the modest vernacular varieties whereas offering seamless entry to the gorgeous views and gardens afforded by the hilltop. The ethereal hilltop construction serves as a transition to the spacious gardens and supplies sheltered seating and amenity areas, together with an outside wood-fired oven. The interiors are shiny because of bleached cypress siding, finishing the yin-yang (dark-light) relationship of outdoor to inside. “The architectural expression is inconspicuous,” notes Mike McCabe, principal at Walker Warner Architects. “It is not about making a press release. It is about creating a spot that may unify the values which are vital to the Flowers’ brand-celebrating nature and native context with what’s vital to the location and the neighborhood.” The need, notice the Flowers house owners, was to “create an atmosphere the place visitors really feel like they’re coming into our house, experiencing wines crafted with out compromise and shared with out pretension.”
Visitors can expertise quite a lot of intimate gatherings areas to savor Flowers’ Sonoma Coast wines each inside in addition to outdoors. Upon coming into, visitors are led to the second flooring which incorporates the solar room, the eating room and dwelling areas in addition to extra non-public areas for VIP visitors. The gardens, framed by present refurbished rammed-earth partitions, carry the expertise into sharper focus, unfolding as a collection of quiet eddies meant for gathering, tasting wine, and celebrating nature. The positioning occupies the boundary between the gridded winery and agricultural fields of the Russian River and is located amongst the oak-grassland foothills main as much as the coastal redwood forests that encompass Flowers’ property vineyards on the intense Sonoma Coast. The terraced gardens characteristic plant communities indicative of every surrounding ecological typology. New board-formed concrete partitions had been added to the panorama as wanted, serving as a counterpoint and augmenting the collection of uncovered archaeologies. Collectively, panorama and structure mix to offer a quiet refuge, a spot to have a good time neighborhood and pals by the expertise of wine.
“Our largest problem was to transform an already present constructing that lacked in character into one thing interesting that folks would wish to go go to,” mentioned Maca Huneeus. “There are such a lot of new developments that we thought recycling what was already there and conserving it easy was the way in which to go. We did not wish to do an enormous intimidating constructing as Healdsburg has at all times had a right down to earth character.
“Due to the amount of the purple wooden constructing and the unappealing stain of the wooden I assumed a Scandinavian vibe of black exterior and a lighter inside would translate rather well in Healdsburg and deal with our challenges.
“I first created inspirational boards that gave us (the architect, panorama and design staff) a cohesive narrative for the design. The concept was at all times to make individuals really feel snug as in the event that they had been visiting a buddy’s house within the countryside. Therefore we made a library, a hearth space, a terrace, a front room, and many others. We stored the supplies elemental to offer it an genuine nation vibe (wooden, linens, wool, ceramics).
“The backyard had a fantastic rammed earth construction with a patina so we labored with the shapes of these to make architectural gardens for individuals to seat and luxuriate in a glass of wine in an genuine nation atmosphere.”
Pictures: Douglas Friedman