Odette Estate Winery

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Industrial Buildings
Firm LocationSt Helena, United States
CompanySignum Architecture
Lead ArchitectJuancarlos Fernandez
Design Team
ClientOdette Estate

The owners' goal with this winery is to create
elegant and feminine wines, which they sought
to reflect in the architecture. The side view
of the facility evokes the sweeping curve of a
swan's wing, inspired by the Tchaikovsky
ballet character Odette.

This unique production building adds an
organic element to the light and modern
hospitality facilities already on the
property. The round footprint responds to its
location, tucked into a natural cove made by
hillsides on three sides. The living roof
appears to have been pushed up from the earth
to reveal the veil-like screen of perforated
aluminum that shelters the work pad at the
front of the facility. Inside the screen, a
line of tall, dark panels in voluptuous shapes
can be slid across the space, creating a
whimsical entry that is screened from office
and winery activities beyond. Built to LEED
Gold standards and using 3 repurposed shipping
containers as offices, the design expresses
the owners' commitment to sustainable wine
production.

The perforated metal screen at the entrance
both performs and delights. The screen is
back-lit to glow in the evening, and the
perforations allow for ventilation of the
tunnels.