2fORM designed a wine tasting room for the Saffron Fields Vineyard located in Yamhill County. The vineyard provides grapes for other regional winemakers as well as their own wine, produced off-site under the Saffron Fields label. The tasting room building marks the first step in a multi-phase master plan for the vineyard.
The building and surrounding landscape offer spaces for wine tasting and other events, and will initiate the connection of the public to the vineyard. Future phases will include facilities for full-scale wine production, barrel aging, bottling facilities, distribution, and a private residence at the 89-acre site.
Originally a dairy farm, the site had a large pole-barn structure which has been deconstructed to provide building materials for the tasting room and future buildings on site. The design of the tasting room incorporates wood from the original barn as structural material and as a finish material.
The new tasting room is located atop a mid-hill rise and connects views of the uphill vineyards and down-slope gardens. The orientation of the building plan takes cues from the old barn structure: a portion of the tasting room is canted to welcome guests as they arrive and to capture views across the landscape. Visitors are drawn to the copper-clad tasting bar that provides corner views out to the surrounding hills.
Upon entering the building, visitors encounter a timber box meticulously constructed from the wood structure of the old barn. This element, experienced from the exterior as an object embedded into the heart of the place, organizes the building. Conceived of as a “jewel box,” the rough wood exterior of this element is lined with clean white walls providing a place for special events, art displays, and offers framed views out to the Japanese gardens beyond.
The wooden structure, inspired by a granary box discovered in the old barn, references the site’s agricultural heritage. A small observation patio, visible when entering through the jewel box, cantilevers over a pond that laps against the south side of the building. Sloping roof planes extend from the jewel box, expanding the interior spaces into the landscape. These sloping roofs also direct rainwater runoff to a series of water collection elements, some which irrigate the landscape while another helps fill the adjacent pond.