Minimalist wine-tasting pavilions sustainably embrace Napa Valley

July 7, 2017 by  
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There are few places better to enjoy fantastic wines and views than Napa Valley , and Walker Warner Architects has elevated that experience with a series of elegant wine tasting pavilions. Crafted with environmental sustainability in mind, the pavilions were built for Quintessa Estate Winery, a Napa Valley estate also designed by Walker Warner Architects in 2003. The minimalist structures harmonize with nature with locally sourced and reclaimed materials, as well as prefabricated construction to minimize site impact. Winner of a recent American Institute of Architects San Francisco (AIA SF) Citation Award , the Quintessa Pavilions is commended for exemplifying “the ideal fusion of architecture and nature” on the ridgeline of a beautiful 280-acre winery estate. Carefully placed amongst existing oak trees and surrounded by drought-resistant native grasses , each 250-square-foot pavilion was crafted to provide an immersive, privately hosted wine-tasting experience. The pavilions’ industrial materials palette references the winery’s architecture and will age elegantly over time. Related: The Bardessono is Napa Valley’s Newest Eco Resort and Spa The architects carefully sited each pavilion to shade visitors beneath tree canopies, optimize views, and protect existing mature oaks. Visitors access the pavilion through a doorway carved into a concrete wall, built of fly ash, that runs along the ridgeline. Once inside the prefabricated steel structure, the visitors enjoy plenty of natural light, cross winds, and panoramic views through full-height glazed operable doors. Custom furnishings are built of FSC-certified Afromosia. Reclaimed Sinker cypress was used for casework and ceilings, while locally prefabricated concrete pavers cover the terrace surface and Napa syar stone retaining walls hold back earth. + Walker Warner Architects Photo credit: © Matthew Millman

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LAST CHANCE: Enter HP’s Reimagine ROI Contest and Win a Trip to Napa Valley, CA!

October 28, 2010 by  
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Only FOUR DAYS left to win a TRIP FOR SIX to Napa Valley! We here at Inhabitat have a penchant for multi-tasking items, but we especially love when we discover a whole new use for something we thought to be underwhelming and ordinary! This month HP is on the hunt for your exciting stories of inspired reuse in their  Reimagine ROI contest  (disclosure: HP is an Inhabitat advertiser), where they’re asking you to share how you creatively reused something in an unexpected way. Whether you’re like  Ecouterre editor Jasmin who discovered that ice cube trays were the perfect way to store leftovers, or like Inhabitat founder Jill who started using her solar backpack as a conversation starter – we want to hear your stories! Submissions will be accepted up until October 31st, so you have just FOUR more days to enter on HP’s site

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LAST CHANCE: Enter HP’s Reimagine ROI Contest and Win a Trip to Napa Valley, CA!

Candy Colored Copenhagen Pavilion Made of Reclaimed Plexiglass

October 28, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of Candy Colored Copenhagen Pavilion Made of Reclaimed Plexiglass http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: copenhagen , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , kolonihavehus , outdoor pavilion , outdoor scuplture , reclaimed plexiglass , Recycled Materials , recycled plexiglass , sustaianble architecture , sustainable design , tom fruin

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