Client Tantalus Vineyards
Type Commercial, Hospitality
Size 37,000 sq.ft.
Status Concept Design
Located on the eastern bench of the Okanagan Valley in the City of Kelowna’s Mission district, the 48-acre property of Tantalus Winery is characterized by gentle sloping vineyards punctuated by a treed ravine and breathtaking views of Okanagan Lake. The estate’s original production facility produced exceptional wine in small volumes however, with the wine’s growing success, the owner sought to build a new facility—one that could not only accommodate an increased production of wine , but could also house a tasting bar, event room, and art gallery.
Unraveling gracefully to become the roof of the wine tasting room and art gallery, the sculptural gesture of the new facility’s barrel-like form connects the public with the rolling vineyards and the shores of Okanagan Lake beyond. Spatially, a processional entry ramp and double-height spaces create a sense of theatre while interconnected passages through the winery are carefully choreographed so that the visitor becomes physically engaged in the wine making process through a series of views of the vineyard, wine making, barrel storage, and tasting facilities.