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Photo: Nic Lehoux

Charles Smith Wines Jet City

Seattle, Washington

Charles Smith Wines Jet City

Seattle, Washington

  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig

Originally a Dr. Pepper bottling plant and later a recycling center, the design of Charles Smith Wines Jet City preserves as much of its hard-won industrial patina as possible, while opening up the building to the surrounding Seattle neighborhood, the runways of Boeing Field, and dramatic views of Mt. Rainier. On top of the building, nearly seven-foot-tall letters wrap the building in billboard fashion, announcing “Charles Smith Wines Jet City.”

The former 32,000 square-foot building is composed of two structures, a two-floor office building and a contiguous open-structure steel truss warehouse. Together, they provide space for everything from grape crush to barrel storage and bottling, to tasting rooms and sales. The transformation of this 1960s era building involved the removal of a portion of the exterior street-side façade replacing it with a 19-by-60-foot span of windows, opening the building up to the neighborhood and views.

This project is about folding together the unfound beauty of the building with the larger‑than‑life spirit that is Charles Smith. Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA

Team

Awards

2017

Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Awards, American Architecture Award

2016

Architizer A+ Awards, Winner, Hospitality: Bars & Nightclubs

Publications

2018

Shook, Lindsey. “The Emerald City.” California Home & Design, 1 Oct. 2018, 100, 102. Print.