Location: Fairfield, CA
Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects
Products: Vega DC, Synchro Vega Series Actuators and RS-4 Control Panel
Glazing Co: Blomberg Windows
About the Project
Designed as a series of small-scale buildings nestled within the surrounding vineyards, Caymus-Suisun Winery provides an immersive introduction to a growing wine region.
The entry sequence guides visitors past a repurposed pole barn to the winery’s new welcome and retail building, before turning to the south to reveal a framed view of the tasting room. The tasting room is a low-slung glass pavilion, raised above the valley floor on a plinth to allow visitors to see above the surrounding vineyards while enjoying sweeping views and afternoon breezes that funnel north from the San Francisco Bay.
Floor-to-ceiling glass and 30-foot-wide sliding doors on each side of the building create a seamless connection to the landscape. An oversized skylight over the central space is detailed as a pyramidal opening in the ceiling plane. The west tasting room features a 30-foot cantilevering roof, along with automated motorized awning windows. A private tasting room to the east, anchored by a long farm table, is easily partitioned off for more intimate gatherings by pocketing wood doors. The landscape around the tasting room and welcome buildings offer shaded gathering spaces for visitors, including groves of fruit trees and a central pedestrian plaza.
AIA California Design Award
AIA San Francisco Honor Award
Interior Design Best of Year Finalist
IIDA Norcal Honor Award