Martin's Lane Winery By Olson Kundig Architects
18th October 2017This recently completed winery in British Columbia, Canada is all kinds of gorgeous. It was designed by Olson Kundig Architects who the clients had worked with before during the 1990s. The building contains offices, production facilities and visitor areas with expansive views of the surrounding mountains, lake and vineyards.
What I like most about this design is how the architect has used contextual features, such as the wine making process or surrounding landscape, to create beauty within the building. A lot of modern architecture looks pretty in photos, but its aesthetic has no link to its use or setting. It is simply pretty for the sake of selling the building. This type of beauty is superficial and has no substance or grounding; it is indirect, vague and dull. With this in mind, check out the notes below and see if you agree with me.
The sloped building is dynamic and memorable. As well as accentuating the steep site it also hints at the gravity flow process that the company use to produce their pinot noir wine. Photo by Nic Lehoux Notice how the corrugated steel cladding which matches the surrounding earthy tones has been slanted to highlight the sloped form. Photo by Nic Lehoux Extensive use of glazing allows the stunning views to be appreciated fully and ample natural daylight to penetrate the interior. The openings have been intelligently calibrated with the building form and location to maximise natural ventilation which draws in cool air from the lake and funnels it through the building. Photo by Nic Lehoux Like the surrounding hillsides the different materials of the winery introduce a play of light and shadow on its floor as the sun moves across the sky. Photo by Nic Lehoux The spiral staircase looks exquisite and is inspired by filtering equipment and the Fibonacci rationale that dictates how grape vines grow. Photo by Nic Lehoux Encompassing the whole design concept, the wine acts as the star of the show and is beautifully spotlit by minimal hanging lights. Photo by Nic Lehoux