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Extractions : a winery in the Cowichan Valley Ockwell, Susan J. 1996

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EXTRACTIONS A WINERY IN THE C O W I C H A N VALLEY by SUSAN J . O C K W E L L B.A., The University of V i c t o r i a 1990 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE O F MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE in THE FACULTY OF G R A D U A T E STUDIES S c h o o l of A r c h i t e c t u r e W e a c c e p t this thesis as c o n f o r m i n g to the required s t a n d a r d  THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH C O L U M B I A April 1996 © Susan O c k w e l l , 1996  In  presenting  degree at freely  this  the  thesis  in  partial  University of  British  available for  copying  of  department publication  this or of  reference  thesis by  this  for  his thesis  fulfilment  scholarly  for  her  of  ^p^f/  purposes  may It  financial gain shall not  -rS^TLep^  The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada  requirements  I further agree that  representatives.  permission.  -Bepartmernt  the  Columbia, I agree that the  and study.  or  of  for  an  Library shall make  permission for  be  granted  is  understood be allowed  advanced  by  the that  without  it  extensive  head of  my  copying  or  my  written  DESIGN PROJECT ABSTRACT Ideas of how architecture may attempt to mediate between the natural a n d cultural landscapes a n d thus e n c o d e a paradigm of specific cultural values as well as surrounding topography, the region a n d the climate were explored in this project. Architecture that acts as catalyst for the process of one's interpretation of these two orders (natural a n d cultural landscape) embodies a diverse series of actual experiences thus requiring a certain range of sensibilities from its inhabitants; a n d as such it was intended that this project would be understood over time a n d after a number of uses. While such a task was not meant to be carried out in a n overt way within the architecture a n d was not meant to evoke a precise response on the part of the inhabitant, the intentions were to begin to reveal a n understanding of the local - the uniqueness of all conditions converging in one place. Conclusions drawn in part one of the graduation project regarding the nature of the natural a n d artificial (cultural landscape) a n d the subjective lens through which they are registered were considered throughout the project. The winery (and the C a w i c h a n Valley Site) was used (in part one) to exemplify our present d a y tendencies of commodification a n d reduction of natural a n d cultural/social landscapes as well as our Western culture's taxonomic urge to systematically segregate a n d classify. In many ways the winery's immediate connection to land has b e e n lost to a rather iconographic interpretation of what was previously a n unadulterated landscape - born out of direct contact with a n environment that stems from working the land. The winery, as a n operation which inherently confronts the dialectics of the artificial a n d the natural, b e c a m e the vehicle through which to explore the cyclical process of extraction a n d insemination. The seed of the non-indigenous vine is inserted into the earth resulting in the grape; the conception of a building is symbiotically merged with its context to construct a n architecture. In this way, the design of the winery was intended to embody the i d e a of immediacy ( a n d haptic perception) resulting in a true connection to a n d understanding of a locale. The first order b e c a m e that of the b a n d of cellars, thrust into the landscape for protection resulting in the re-channeling a n d filtering of the movement of water, grapes, a n d people. The structural rhythm a n d compartmentalization of the cellars a c t as a_(farjiiliar) datum or field of reference through which the rest of the building a n d the landscape beyond is registered. The second order is the constructed or interior landscape which established the various sites of activity a n d the promenade for their experience a n d the third order is the overlay of circulations of the grapes, visitors, workers, a n d water. The programme was established in consideration of a number of factors. There are certain regional (topographical a n d climactic) aspects of the C o w i c h a n Valley which make it conducive to a small scale operation. This facility operates on a 'you-ferment' level as well as supplies enough cases for sale to visitors a n d a few of the restaurants in the area. It is intended that it be a 'hobby-type' winery where amateur wine makers c a n learn the process a n d be involved in some or all of the stages of the wine-making. Its location makes the holding of lectures; workshops of varying duration; involvement for members in all seasonal aspects; a n d tours of the winery a practical proposition.  ii  TABLE OF CONTENTS  Title Page Abstract Table of Contents Acknowledgement Roof Plan Site Plan Ground Level Plan Second Floor Plan Third Floor Plan Axonometric - Systems Diagram Section One: Residence a n d Entry Section Two: Racking System a n d Bottling area Section Three: Racking System a n d Fermenting Area Section Four: Underground Cellar a n d Walkway Section Five: Underground Cellar a n d Research Library Section Six: Outdoor Discussion Area West Elevation East Elevation Perspective View of Entry Perspective View of Racking System Photograghs: View of Exterior View of Racking System West Elevation  ill  ACKNOWLEDGMENT I extend sincere gratitude a n d appreciation to my committee members: Dr. Sherry Mckay (DS Mentor a n d co-chair) for her insightful a n d cohesive direction (and her appreciation for wine culture); Jennifer Marshal (co-chair) for her valuble, positive critisism; a n d Jason Halter for his enthusiasm for architecture a n d his encouragement. I would also like to acknowledge a n d thank Alex Percy for his support, inspiration a n d help. Many thanks for assistence also g o to Scott Posno, Mike Jacobson, Menke Lowe, a n d to the 11th hour emergency model crew: Bill Uhrich, Michele Hayden, Brian Wakelin a n d whoever else may have been involved in that m a d rugby scrum.  iv  I I  1  2  5  VIEW O F R A C K I N G SYSTEM  VIEW O F ENTRY  EXTRACTIONS - A WINERY IN THE COWICHAN VALLEY SUSAN OCKWUl  U.6.C. SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE  8  Photograghs:  


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