Cedar Creek Winery, also known as Martin’s Lane Winery: Okanagan winery integrated into the hillside
Location: Lake Okanagan, BC | Architects: Olson Kundig, Meiklejohn, Arcanum Architecture | Builder: Team Construction Management
Awards: 2021 AIA National Honor Award – Architecture,
2017 AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Honor Awards, Citation Award, Chicago Anthenaeum, American Architecture Award
2016 AIA Seattle Honor Awards, Honor Award
Situated on the hills above Lake Okanagan, this winery was designed to interact with two key physical elements: the topography of the land and the flow of gravity, which is vital to the winemaking process.
The entire rectangular structure is made up of two sections that are fractured down the middle: the production side of the building follows the gentle slope of the hillside, while the visitor side is oriented to the horizon and offers panoramic views of both the vineyards beside and the lake below.
Oversized glass and vast pivot doors are utilized throughout the 34,800 square feet of the building, bringing together office, laboratory and manufacturing areas with visitor walkways, tasting room and dining room. As occupants explore the interior spaces, they are simultaneously offered intimate glimpses of the winemaking process as well as stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Artisan steel fenestration is in active conversation with interior details such as perforated steel walls, a spiral steel staircase, stainless steel equipment, and concrete tunnels. Expansive glazing, especially in the tasting room and dining room, allow the visitor to experience the magic of the setting.
The carefully designed and specified windows cooperate with the topographical placement of the building to offer natural ventilation, day-lighting, and passive cooling that provide a 10% reduction in energy use. Artificial air conditioning is avoided in favor of harnessing cool breezes from the lake, which are funneled through the interior spaces, providing stable temperatures and humidity for the scrupulous storage of wine barrels.
With such a significant proportion of the envelope being glass, detailed investigation of glass types, coatings and composition took place at the early design phase to ensure maximum visual clarity wile meeting rigorous thermal performance requirements.
Famous for both its wine and its architecture, the Cedar Creek Winery draws visitors from around the globe and invites them to experience the vitality of the setting.
“The building is split into two parts, with one part literally following the land, and the other part following the horizon line. My favorite element of the project is the magic that happens when these two parts of the building come together.”
Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal, Olson Kundig Architects
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