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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




AIA National Honor Award – Architecture


AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Honor Awards, Citation Award

Chicago Anthenaeum, American Architecture Award


AIA Seattle Honor Awards, Honor Award



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