I am an architect whose professional life is devoted to creating order from chaos. Some nights I wake up in a cold sweat having narrowly escaped from this thing. Even in the warm light of day, I know it’s still out there, in one of my houses, quietly breathing. Waiting.
“Do the workers on the job site ever throw things at you”?
“Have you ever had a nail gun “accidentally” discharge into your thigh?”
“Do you have to dodge dirty buckets of water tipped from floors above”?
The answer to these questions is no, but probably should be yes. Why? Not because architects are mortal enemies of contractors (usually it’s more of a love fest with our contractors – we are fortunate to work with the best), but rather because we often push them to extremes.
If you are wondering about the design idea, the inspiration, for this home/winery:
- The tower is symbolic of a wine bottle (this is a winery after all!).
- The crown is the cork in the wine bottle.
- The arched, barrel roof is derived from a wine barrel lying on its side.
- The colors and materials are natural and “of the vineyard.”
- The lumber for the crown was milled from trees on the site.
- The colors of the home are found in the surrounding soils and Madrone tree bark.
- The stone emanates from a nearby quarry, selected to match the site’s natural rock outcroppings
For more about the vineyard and its fantastic wines, check out the Gustafson Family Vineyard.
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