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A winery on California’s central coast Furbacher, Richard John 1998

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A WINERY ON CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL COAST by RICHARD JOHN FURBACHER B.Sc, McGill University, 1972 B.F.A., Concordia University, 1974 M.F.A., Concordia University, 1978 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF ^-;T-HE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF - " ^ 7 MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE /""-"; in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES School of Architecture We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA May 1998 © Richard John Furbacher, 1998 In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the head of my department or by his or her representatives. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. Department of ^ r c U ^ 4 u r < , The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date Apvil ^ | TO DE-6 (2/88) ABSTRACT The design process is both highly personal and in many respects subconscious in nature. It follows that form-making is a difficult and elusive subject to explicate. This project hypothesized a mechanism for beginning to understand the design process and then attempted to illustrate the proposed mechanism by undertaking a design project which tested its presumptions. The hypothesis took the form of a directed study in which the architectural detail was proposed to be the instrument which might facilitate the translation of ideas into material, space and connections, i.e., the parts which would eventually become the whole. The notions and implications described in this study were then explored and tested by means of their pragmatic application to a design project, that is, the design of a winery for a site in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California. I t was anticipated that the architecture itself would either prove the worth of the argument or expose its flaws. The project addressed notions of a winery at multiple scales by developing an understanding of grape growing, of the landscape of viticulture, of the process of winemaking and of the culture of wine. The characteristics of these themes became the starting point and continual frame of reference within which design ideas were evaluated as the project progressed. Whereas it was expected that both architectural details and details of wine, wine culture and winemaking would inform the design as it evolved, this did not occur in a particularly balanced fashion. Instead, the form of the building developed not only from details of grape growing and winemaking but also details which made those processes visible to visitors of the winery. Architectural details per se were much less generative of the form than the directed study seemed to anticipate. Instead, architectural details were principally generated in the resolution and service of experiential aspects of the winery's design. The parti of the building is a rectangular box surrounded by "clipped" on programmatic elements. The central rectangular volume accommodates the sectional production of wine employing gravity alone as the force which moves the wine between stations. The interior can be understood as a whole from which three-dimensional cuts have removed anything not essential. The resulting interior landscape is a series of interconnected planes, each of which functions as a datum that acts in relation to both interior and exterior elements. Within the interior landscape, both wine and visitors move along linked, downward leading paths which culminate in the barrel room imbedded deep in the earth. Multiple opportunities for both public and private wine tasting are afforded along the visitors' path. Important spaces not part of the winery's central volume include the primary tasting room, the manager's office, a kitchen and light wells. The latter bring differing quantities of light into the barrel room depending on the adjacent grade. Numerous details of both interior and exterior spaces of the building are intended to be read as reflecting various aspects of the processes taking place both on the land surrounding the building and within the space of the winery itself. From the exterior, controlled views of the interior have been designed to suggest the nature of the processes taking place within while limiting the amount of light which is permitted to enter. Mumerous details of both interior and exterior spaces of the building are intended to be read as reflecting various aspects of the processes taking place both on the land surrounding the building and within the space of the winery itself. I I TABLE OF CONTENTS Page Abstract ii Table Of Contents iii Acknowledgement iv Main Floor Plan 1 Barrel Room Floor Plan 2 North/South Section 3 East/West Section 4 Elevations 5 Site Drawing 6 Early Concept Drawing 7 Concept Drawing Of Private Tasting Area Seen From Racking Level 8 Concept Drawing Of Private Tasting Area 9 Ramps Between Racking Level And Barrel Room From Landing 10 Small Scale Site Model - Two Views 11 Model In Site 12 View Of Entrance From Parking 13 South-East View 14 North-East View 15 North-West View 16 South-West View 17 Entrance View In Landscape 18 North-West View In Landscape 19 South-West View In Landscape Showing Freight Entrance 20 Overhead View From South-east- Roof Removed 21 Overhead View-Roof Removed 22 Overhead View Of Interior 23 View Of Barrel Room 24 Cut-Away Showing Barrel Room 25 View Of Entrance With Existing Oak 26 Icy Dawn At The Winery 27 i l l ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I wish the thank my committee, Elaine Didyk, Sherry McKay and my chair, Patricia Patkau for their constructive and enlightened critique during the development of this project. Any shortcomings in either the design concepts or in the execution of the drawings and model must be attributed solely to me. Of the many people who lent their support during my work at U BC, another trio of people deserves special mention: Graham Elvidge and the walleyed music for encouragement and practical assistance without which this project would not have been completed; John Ivor Smith, for his humor, his grace under pressure, his practical expertise and for being my alter ego when things appeared most bleak; and my wife, Sheila Furbacher, without whose generous, selfless and total support I would definitely not now be in a position to take the next steps towards becoming an architect. IV a. stemming/crushing area b. kitchen c bar d. entry/tasting area e. fermenting floor f. primary racking floors g. office h. secondary racking floor i. private tasting area j . public tasting area A Winery on California's Central Coast Main Floor Plans X a. primary racking floors b. barrel storage floor c. ramp to barrel storage d. banquet area e. bottling room f. loading/shipping A Winery on California's Central Coast 2 Barrel Room Plan X ^WWI/I IWNNNI^ I I I I I I T I T I I I I I I I I I I DC t 5 i LI I—I L n ZJZ zn A Winery on California's Central Coast 3 north/south section fTy^fxxtrry\ QQCGQC ^ ^ Y ^ ^~y^r^ ^~W^ ^V~V^ ^ V^ ^ K v A A y v. A A y k. A A J v A A > k Ay s. Ay V A JI A A J l A X i l A X I QQCQCX: A Winery on California's Central Coast 4 east/west section HI • • • A Winery on California's Central Coast 5 £ ch elevations II r - , *.*..**> Site Drawing 1 \ i III* I ' / ! 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