We were asked to create a multi-use guest pavilion on a relatively small Northern California vineyard lot that could also host sit down dinners for up to 60 people. We started by asking the key questions: “Where should it be within the property?” “How much floor area do we need for a 60 person dinner?” “How much volume do we need for a basketball court?” We also always tell ourselves to “look at the landscape first, let it dominate and lead it through.” The building took the form of a large Napa Valley barn. We sited the building along the northern edge of the vineyard lot to take advantage of the open space. The barn was angled in a v-shape to form a tree-sheltered courtyard abutting an open meadow of wildflowers and grasses. It became a giant Swiss Army Knife. Materials were picked for this hardworking structure that are all low maintenance and will age well within this landscape. Cedar cladding and standing-seam Terne coated steel dominate with red painted doors that echo the agrarian buildings of the Valley. The interior materials are naturally patterned surfaces: whitewashed plywood, local native stone fireplace, heated concrete floors, and site-made Douglas Fir roof trusses.
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