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Martin’s Lane Winery

Kelowna, Canada

Martin’s Lane Winery

Kelowna, Canada

  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig

Tucked into a hillside, the design of this winery draws a close parallel between the topography of the land and the gravity-flow winemaking process taking place inside. Conceived of as a rectangular form with a central split or “fracture” down the middle, the production side of the building follows the direction of the site, utilizing the downhill slope for its gravity-flow process. The other half containing the visitor area cantilevers out over the vineyards, offering sweeping views of nearby Okanagan Lake and its sister winery, Mission Hill, also designed by architect Tom Kundig, across the water.

Throughout its 34,800 square feet, the winery’s office, wine lab and visitor spaces are woven into the manufacturing areas, including a tasting room, dining room, and visitor walkways that offer intimate glimpses of the production process alongside views of the surrounding landscape. Interior details such as perforated steel walls and a spiral steel staircase based on the Fibonacci sequence draw on the forms and materials of the winemaking industry, continuing the building’s dialogue with the unique gravity-flow winemaking process.

The building is split into two parts, with one part literally following the land, and the other part following the horizon line. My favorite element of the project is the magic that happens when these two parts of the building come together. Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA

Team

Awards

2017

AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Honor Awards, Citation Award

Chicago Anthenaeum, American Architecture Award

2016

AIA Seattle Honor Awards, Honor Award

Publications

2018

“Game Changer.” Western Living, June 2018, 66-67. Print.

Griffiths, Alyn. “Massive stone blocks form walls of Provence winery.” Dezeen, 3 Nov. 2018. Web.

Janzen, Emma. “Inside Look: Martin’s Lane Winery, British Columbia.” Imbibe, 5 Feb. 2018. Web.

“Martin’s Lane Winery.” Hinge, Oct. 2018, 20-23. Print.

“Martin’s Lane Winery / Olson Kundig.” ArchDaily, 2 July 2018. Web.

McLennan, Neal. “This New Okanagan Winery Gives Napa a Run for Its Money.” Western Living, 11 June 2018. Web.

Mulligen, Daenna Van. ” Every Step of the Way.” Montecristo, Summer 2018, 24. Print.

Mulligen, Daenna Van. ” Martin’s Lane Winery.” Montecristo, 30 July 2018. Web.

Sardar, Zahid. “Field of Dreams.” Spaces Magazine, Summer/Fall 2018, 48-52. Print.

Sardar, Zahid. “Field of Dreams.” Spaces Magazine, 1 July 2018. Web.

Sasvari, Joanne. “Wine by design.” Vitis Magazine, 28 Sept. 2018. Web.

Sasvari, Joanne. “Wine by design.” Vitis Magazine, Fall/Winter 2018, 4, 22-25. Print.

Theren, Ida. “Winemaking through gravity at Martin’s Lane.” Cool Hunting, 23 Nov. 2018. Web.

Tobler, Jim. “Building a Legacy.” Absolute Okanagan, Oct. 2018, 56, 58, 60. Print.

Tobler, Jim. “Building a Legacy.” Absolute Okanagan, 25 Sept. 2018. Web.

Welton, J. Michael. “Shelter.” Ocean Home Magazine, April 2018, 16-18, 20, 22, 24. Print.

Welton, J. Michael. “Tastemaker.” Ocean Home Magazine, 1 April 2018. Web.