M&V Architects has, over the years, worked with seven (and counting) different wineries. A timber frame structure makes an excellent choice for a winery facility. Timber frames are efficient structures in that they enclose large open spaces. Timber frames are constructed from locally grown materials and naturally fit into an agrarian landscape. We have restored, repaired, relocated, and repurposed existing timber frame barns so that they can become wineries, cideries, and breweries.
Growing grapes for seven years along an ancient lake Michigan shoreline, a couple decided to build a home. The house is a passive solar timber frame structure featuring a soap stone contraflow fireplace as the primary heat source. The basement level is built into the hillside and becomes a natural wine cellar.
The schematic design for this project involve developing two schemes in order to illustrate different approaches for every issue; two entry approaches, two site plans, two production approaches, two tasting rooms. These drawings were made to illustrate what may happen when an issue is approached in a different way.