Seattle-based goCstudio, an architecture studio known for its innovative work and collaborations with artists and craftsmen, has completed COR Cellars winery located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The 5,200-square-foot space surrounds a protected exterior courtyard that becomes the heart of the project and welcomes visitors into the new tasting room.
COR Cellars酒庄位于华盛顿州莱尔市郊外的8号旧公路上，地处哥伦比亚河峡谷的中心地带。由于位于国家风景区内，该地可欣赏到周围峡谷特有的山麓景观和南面的胡德山的迷人景色。该项目是对现有酒庄的大规模扩建，由庄主Luke Bradford于2004年创立。
COR Cellars is located on Old Highway 8 just outside of Lyle, WA in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Within a designated National Scenic Area, the site offers stunning views to the surrounding carved mountainsides characteristic of the gorge and to the south across the river to Mount Hood. The project is a large expansion to an existing winery founded in 2004 by owner Luke Bradford.
哥伦比亚河谷带来了穿过峡谷的西向风，这成为了一种重要的现场条件，由于每年工人的大部分时间都在户外工作，庄主Luke希望作为对景观的回应，设计应该具有一定的避风作用，因此采用了一个庭院作为中央组织系统，保护工人和游客都不受自然环境中有时会出现的恶劣情况影响。透过内侧的大面积悬挑，庭院成为来访者到达酒庄并被欢迎到新的品酒室的一个难忘的空间。该建筑沿着北边的山坡建造，同时向南边的风景和胡德山脉的壮观景色敞开。为改善东端的庭院，该设计保留了现农舍的位置，并将这一空间重新用于新的 COR Cellars酒庄装瓶工作空间。
The Columbia River Gorge pulls steady westerly winds up through the gorge which become a significant site condition to address while working outside much of the year. Responding to both the landscape and to Luke’s desire to have some respite from the wind, led to the use of a courtyard (the heart at the center) as a central organizing system that protects workers and visitors alike from the sometimes harsh conditions of the natural environment. With large overhangs on the internal sides, the courtyard becomes a memorable and inviting way for visitors to arrive to the winery and be welcomed into the new tasting room. The building berms into the hillside along the north while opening up to the landscape and grand views of Mount Hood at the south. To complete the courtyard on the east end, the design retains the location of the existing metal farm shed and repurposes this space into the new COR Cellars bottling facility
Visitors enter the courtyard between the old shed and the new structure at the same location as the previous entry, maintaining a familiar connection with the past. The walls of the barrel storage spaces that flank the courtyard are kept solid, drawing visitors into the tasting room. Large glass bi-fold doors between the tasting room and courtyard create a direct connection between interior and exterior spaces. Key views and circulation routes are set up east/west through the building giving visitors glimpses of the vineyards beyond. Skylights are located above the tasting room bar dropping light on the main hub of activity. The large masonry fireplace marks the center of the living room and offers an inviting space for gathering year round. A rooftop terrace offers a unique perspective over the Columbia River and views out to Mount Hood beyond.
The need for significant square footage added to the existing winery called for a clear concept with a repetitive structural module that surround the courtyard. A simple yet refined exterior palette with straightforward detailing and dark earth tones allows the building to rest comfortably in the site.
Inside, the simple palette continues with lighter tones. White-washed walls and the clear coated hemlock ceilings reflect the natural light that enters the space presenting a welcoming atmosphere. The southwest corner of the tasting room is designed to feel like a living room, encouraging visitors to relax, meet new and old friends, and enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape.
Quote from goCstudio: “The courtyard is the heart of the building. It is protected by the new wings of the winery that form a berm against the steady winds. This provides a calm, protected center for day to-day operations and a welcoming exterior space for visitors as they enter the new tasting room.”
Project Title: COR Cellars
Location: 151 Old Highway 8, Lyle, Washington, 98635
Owner: Luke Bradford and Meg Gilbert, corcellars.com
Architect's Project Team: Jon Gentry AIA, Aimée O'Carroll ARB
Size: 5,200 Square Feet
Cost: Undisclosed Completion
Date: June, 2015
Builder: Chris Poland, Windwood Homes
Engineer: Josh Welch, J Welch Engineering LLC
Photographer: Kevin Scott, Kelly Turso