Sparkling, sustainable design.
All great wines begin in the vineyards and are products of the land. With this in mind, the architecture of the expansion of Road 13 winery, designed by HDR | CEI's Nick Bevanda, did not look to the historical imagery of its existing building to find a solution. Instead, the design looked to the program and context to influence its form.
The intent was to create a link to the beautiful natural setting of the South Okanagan to create opportunities for looking outwards from the building. The design creates an opportunity for patrons to see and understand the winery’s setting, to grasp its importance in the context of the winery.
The new building offers much-needed storage space, shipping and space for public tasting. The public side faces east, exposing the extraordinary beauty of the South Okanagan Valley along the entire east wall. As you enter the building on the north, patrons are invited to walk along the exposed glazed wall to the tasting area on the south side of the building. Below the main floor, a Wine Cave has been constructed to store the winemaker’s wine library.
The building is a reflection of its surroundings, designed with significant sustainable features to ensure the focus is on the land, and the environmental footprint is small.
- On-site stormwater retention
- Light-coloured roofing and building materials minimize heat-island effect
- Ground-source heat pump for heating and cooling minimizes energy use
- Low E2 glazing minimizes heat gain