Alton Wines / GO'C

Alton Wines / GO'C
Alton Wines / GO'C - Exterior Photography, Facade
© Kevin Scott

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Walla Walla, United States
  • Architects: GO'C
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  7950 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Kevin Scott
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Luminii, Arcadia Custom, Cedar siding, Concrete Floors, Crystalite, Halo, Liton, OLDCASTLE - Windows, Sun Shading, Tech Lighting, Trueform Concrete
  • Design Principal : Jon Gentry, Aimée O'Carroll
  • Architectural Staff : Ashley Skidmore, Yuchen Qiu
  • Contractor : Mountain States Construction Company
  • Structural Engineering : J Welch Engineering
  • Civil Engineering : Knutzen Engineering
  • City : Walla Walla
  • Country : United States
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Alton Wines / GO'C - Exterior Photography
© Kevin Scott

Text description provided by the architects. Inhabiting a wave-like landform just outside Walla Walla, Alton Wines nestles itself into an existing cove that is formed by the surrounding vineyards. A long drive from the county road traces the existing vineyards which are carved into the natural terrain. The site itself is an untouched pocket amongst farmland. Deemed ‘unfarmable’ due to the soil makeup and location in the crook of the vineyards, the owner and farmer of the land had been waiting for the right opportunity to build something special. A design that is sensitive to the natural landscape was welcomed.

Alton Wines / GO'C - Exterior Photography
© Kevin Scott
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Plan - Site
Alton Wines / GO'C - Exterior Photography
© Kevin Scott

Focusing on the surrounding views, the architecture acts as a frame bringing the landscape closer into focus and a part of one's immediate experience. Upon arrival visitors to the winery are guided due south, on axis with the arbor leading to the Tasting Room and Wine Garden which orient East/West across the site. This dramatic approach captures and accentuates the view of the Blue Mountains seen through the terrace between the two buildings.

Alton Wines / GO'C - Interior Photography, Windows, Beam
© Kevin Scott

The site offers stunning views to the south which are maximized as the building opens up to the fields beyond. A connection to the landscape, outdoor space, and opportunity for shade were important factors in designing the winery in an area known for its dry hot summers and cold crisp winters. Responding to the client’s desire to have a separate Wine Garden and Tasting room, open-air covered space is captured between the two. This serves as both the entry point and approach to the winery but also an additional outdoor room, allowing both the Tasting Room and Wine Garden to spill out for events and give approaching visitors a view into each.

Alton Wines / GO'C - Interior Photography, Column
© Kevin Scott
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Section - Longitudinal

An open, airy inviting Tasting Room where guests would want to linger was a high priority, with lots of flexibility for programming and events. Opening up to both the covered outdoor space and also a large terrace to the south increases the usable space and gives guests options to tailor the winery experience to their needs.

Alton Wines / GO'C - Exterior Photography, Bench, Facade
© Kevin Scott
Alton Wines / GO'C - Interior Photography, Dining room, Table, Chair, Facade, Beam
© Kevin Scott

A rigorous structural grid and framed openings are used throughout the building. Starting at the approach to the winery, steel bays form an arbor which will be planted with grapevines, creating much-needed shade on summer days. This arbor structure passes through the building and forms the awning for the south terrace outside the tasting room. Sliding doors and windows infill this structural grid and enclose the tasting room.

Alton Wines / GO'C - Interior Photography, Lighting, Facade, Chair, Column, Beam
© Kevin Scott
Alton Wines / GO'C - Interior Photography, Stairs, Facade, Column
© Kevin Scott

The structure is capped by a sheltering roof which is pierced by three elements--an anchoring chimney stack, an extruded skylight, and a carved entry opening. These elements help to anchor the west end of the space and funnel natural light deep into the plan of the building and frame sky views throughout the seasons.

Alton Wines / GO'C - Interior Photography, Dining room, Table, Chair, Windows
© Kevin Scott

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Address:Walla Walla, Washington 99362, United States

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Cite: "Alton Wines / GO'C" 04 Jan 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/974507/alton-wines-goc> ISSN 0719-8884

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