critic: Kutan AYATA.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Zach GRZYBOWSKI, Maria NIKOLOVSKI, & Danica SELEM: The challenge of the 60 acre site in Napa Valley was to find a way to create an architecture that is drawn from the landscape but still keeps its autonomy. . . .
The vineyard estate is comprised of two main parts: one, a wine production facility embedded into the ground, and two, the public space, two large cantilevers floating above the production and overlooking the field and the mountains. These two elements are pulled in opposite directions and their connection creates the core of the building. This central core connects the production to the public spaces and allows for views to all parts of the building.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
ZG, MN, & DS: Knot complexity, movement paths, and Sou Fujimoto.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
ZG, MN, & DS: Reading: Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina; Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five; and The New Yorker. Listening to: Bob Marley; ‘8os Pop; and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Watching: True Detective; House of Cards; and Game of Thrones.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
ZG, MN, & DS: Heatherwick Studio, Lacaton & Vassal, and Ann Heringer.
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Special thanks to Sina Ozbudun and Michalis Skitsas.