Firm: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Role: Senior Designer
Location: Healdsburg, California
Collaborators: Wick Design, San Francisco California, Wade Design, Earthtone Construction
For the Medlock Ames Tasting Room, Dorothy was the Senior Designer at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. The Alexander Valley Store, in Healdsburg, CA, a landmark for the town, was purchased by a local biodynamic vineyard. The program was to design a tasting room and bar, with a landscape that supported their organic wine practice, both functionally and philisophically.
The grade of the site was raised, and all stormwater drained into central bioswales, giving stormwater a major role in organizing the site.
Drawing from farm materials, the palette of galvanized steel and recycled wood slats from an existing fence worked with both the interior and exterior of the tasting room.
Repurposed telephone poles create a space for a table with a galvanized wine trough. The poles reference the vineyards wine support systems and create a flexible space. The poles are tucked in 30 year old olive trees, salvaged from a former olive orchard, creating a playful interplay between the olive trees and the poles. Throughout the site, the material language is simple and direct: Galvanized steel, repurposed wood, board formed concrete and concrete pavement.
“Rustic modern. This is amazingly detailed, both quiet and painterly. The materiality of the project is authentic, beautiful, and calm."
—ASLA 2013 Professional Awards Jury