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Signum Architecture Designs Hall Winery in Napa

Hall Winery's new Winery & Tasting Room is located on Napa, California's St. Helena campus. Designed by Signum Architecture, a Napa Valley-based firm that designs sustainable and contextual architecture for wineries, custom residential, and commercial buildings, the new winery is sited on a flat valley floor with views of Howell Mountain to the east and the Mayacamas Mountains to the west. Signum’s design team warpped the building's envelope in a transparent floor-to-ceiling glass curtain.

“In designing the new winery, we were inspired to create a building that invokes sensory experience,” said Jarrod Denton, principle architect and designer for the project and partner with Signum Architecture. “Nature takes center stage and as a winery guest, you are connected with the land."

The new winery was constructed with two horizontal planes at the roof and floor, allowing the building to “float” between the structural glazing. The floorplan carries visitors through alternating sequences that bring them close to the winemaking experience, while radiating interior highlight panoramic views of the valley.

To showcase Hall’s wines and commissioned fine art, the winery features state-of-the-art production and fermentation facilities, a reception hall, public and private tasting rooms, a culinary center, a wine club, and a viewing terrace. Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, the building is finished with weathering steel, concrete, hand-applied plaster, and stone.

“The coordination of artwork for the winery was unique in the fact that many of the pieces were designed to integrate with the architecture,” said Denton.  “For example, Peter Wegner’s installation included a mounted box that was built into the wall to give a flush look; an LED sculpture from artist Jim Campbell 'sits' between the winery’s hospitality and production areas within a glass and concrete wall; and a Spencer Finch laminated glass sculpture is suspended from the tasting room ceiling.”

In addition to winery and production/fermentation facilities, Signum Architecture oversaw the design and renovation of the existing two-story Peterson Bergfeld building and an office building. The masterplan for the project created a sense of hierarchy between the newly designed buildings – with the historic Peterson Bergfeld at the heart of the layout as the tallest structure.

A Heritage Oak tree that predates the Peterson Bergfeld building greets guests as they approach the newly designed structures, which brings a sense of awe and place to the site. Signum’s design includes a descending pathway between the Heritage Oak and the two-story, corten steel entryway of the new winery. The original Bergfeld Winery and the new winery and tasting room is reflected in the glass façade.

Photo Adrian Gregorutti

Posted June 10th, 2014 by Jackie Austin

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