Conceptually this design is based on my vision of a symbolic abstraction of a giant grape vine that grows up from the earth onto a trellis to function as a new kind of truly organic winery. And like the leaves of the real grape vine, this symbolic abstraction can also produce its own power from the sun.

This conceptual design proposal for a wine tasting pavilion is made of a system of modular, re-arrangeable, sustainable building components. The size, shape, and color of the structure can vary based on the specific site requirements, and it can change its size, shape, and or color to accommodate changing needs.

In this case, the curved green colored panels are covered with a thin-film photovoltaic coating, which allows the surface of the structure to produce its own electrical energy. This electrical energy is used to supply some or all of the wineries energy needs.

These curved panels are formed into just two different radii. Some are insulated and used to enclose spaces that need to be heated or cooled. Others are un-insulated and are used to shade spaces below the trellis. Still others provide the support system for places to sit.

Inside of the enclosed spaces, some of the curved panels penetrate through the walls, roof, and ceiling surfaces to function as seating, lighting, display supports, space definers, etc. The modular rust colored trellis, through which the curved green colored panels are woven, is made of core ten steel. This trellis can also be made any size to accommodate site-specific requirements, and it can easily be added onto or subtracted from, as needed.

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Wine Trellis