US studio Lever Architecture brings Wine Tasting to a complete new level with its newest project
Lever Architecture is an Oregon based studio dedicated to realizing projects that strengthen the relationship between the public and private sphere. Lever Architecture is known do its research-based approach to accomplish client’s goals and aspirations leading to designs that have been locally and nationally recognized as models for housing, creative office and retail mixed use.
Recently the studio designed a unique tasting room for a family-owned winery that features sloped roofs with deep overhangs, and walls made of cedar and glass. Such design was built to fulfill several needs. Firstly it had to reflect the family’s wine making philosophy, which is somehow minimalist in spirit, second the venue also had to embrace its context.
“The goal was to create a tasting room experience that embodies the family’s approach to winemaking – a direct expression of the Oregon soils and climate without embellishment,” said Lever Architecture
“Our intent was to reflect this winemaking philosophy with a design that connects to the vineyard experience while also responding to the views, climate, and Oregon’s emerging identity as a producer of great wine.”
In response, the architects conceived a simple, wood-framed building with walls made of cedar and glass. The structure is topped with two overhanging roofs that are sloped in opposite directions.
“Inspired by the broad-canopied native Oregon oak trees that populate the valley, two cantilevered roof structures interlock at the point of arrival to the tasting room,” the firm said.
After parking, visitors travel up a linear walkway and arrive at the understated entrance of the 2,200-square-foot (204-square-metre) facility. An office occupies the north side of the building, while the tasting room and kitchen are housed in the southern portion.
Large, sliding glass doors provide a strong connection to the outdoors and “bring the vineyard into the space”. The doors also facilitate passive cooling in the summer, when used in conjunction with upper clerestory windows.
The interior features exposed wooden ceiling beams, concrete flooring and contemporary decor. Blackened steel was used to fabricate stools, chairs and the base of the bar and main tasting table.
Throughout the building, the team used a restrained material palette of Douglas fir, cedar and dark-anodized aluminium.
The rear of the facility is wrapped with a terrace that overlooks the vineyards and the valleys beyond. An outdoor fireplace serves as a tranquil gathering spot on cool nights. A future solar array planned for the northern part of the property will help generate power for the facility.