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a winery introduces a connection between two landscapes

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The slope of the plaza allows the grapes to enter the upper level of the main volume through the loading dock. On this level, the grapes are crushed, de-stemmed, pressed and placed in tanks to be fermented. Gravity allows the wine to be transferred from the fermentation tanks to barrels on the lowest level. The wine is aged until it is ready to be bottled, packaged, and transferred back to the loading dock where it originally entered as grapes. Visitors enter the winery from the plaza into a small shop. Here the architecture offers a choice to inspect the wine making process or ascend directly to the tasting room.

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The two towers of the winery are a kind of terminus or marker of the physical connection made with a path and tunnel under the interstate. The tunnel offers a safe crossing and provides an opportunity to graphically display research activities related to the fields. The tunnel is lined by two concrete walls which ultimately turn into the main volume of the winery. Built into the earth with adequate thermal mass to maintain uniform temperatures on one side, its opposite is a transparent enclosure which faces a plaza-like formation along the path. This vitrine-like facade exposes the linear sequence of the wine making process along the descent toward the tunnel.

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Two heroic steel towers, each constructed with a single column, conceptually bracket the currently interrupted landscape, proposing a new iconic appearance of the university. The towers’ boney form and positioning initiates a four-fold geometry of the new vineyards. Elevated within the tower above the grape vines is a tasting room perfectly framing views of the vineyard. The tower structure, balanced on a single column extends a triangular deck with two suspended beams to support the tasting room.

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Bisected by a busy interstate, two components of a research winery form a visual and physical connection of a vineyard. The research winery suggests both a new gateway and a new link between student residences and the majority of academic buildings.

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A Connection Between Two Vineyards