Silver Oak Winery
Lead Landscape Architects: Marta Fry and James Munden
Client: Silver Oak Cellars
Situated at the base of the Alexander Valley foothills, the 113-acre Silver Oak Winery-Alexander Valley is designed to "frame the vineyards" , incorporating an agricultural vocabulary that reinforces authenticity of place and carefully sites the buildings within an agrarian landscape of new vineyards, hedgerows, fastigiate screens, and entry alleÃÅes. Designed as a production and tasting winery, the Landscape Architects with the Architects developed a sensitively integrated assemblage of landscape and structures. In a seamless expression this agricultural language slips through the architecture creating a dynamic interplay of light, shadow, reflection, and repetition. Natural ecologies on the site are preserved and enhanced, including a 2.5-acre pond that serves as the main water source for the vineyard working with a network of designed bioswales and innovative water management system. The landscape architect collaborated closely with the winery owners and architects to create the most environmentally responsive winery in the US, attaining LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification to achieve the client's goal in creating the only "zero net water and zero net energy" winery in the country.