Here is the vineyard house design sited at the base of Sonoma Mountain, affording expansive views across the vineyards and valley to the east. It stands on the edge of the vineyard but close enough to the vines offering beautiful views that can be enjoyed from inside the residence thanks to large glass windows. According the Aidlin Darling: Carefully sited on the edge of a sixty-acre vineyard, this monastic stone structure establishes a temporal frame of reference for mapping its physical environment. It is organized around a long reflecting pool, which provides a reorientation among undulating horizons, enhancing the relationship of indoor and outdoor space. The design poetically layers a complex program including agricultural operations, utility infrastructure, auxiliary structures, sculpture, orchards, gardens, follies, and domestic life.
A long reflecting pool, its water level in measured contrast to the rolling ground plane, runs from an intimate southerly forest, through the house to panoramic northern views. The monolithic pool functions as an abstract reference datum; it structures the arrival sequence and daily routines. Domestic spaces are organized along its length, and a parallel loggia provides a meditative walk between the different phases and activities of the day.
Perpendicular to the pool is a narrow footpath, which connects a series of garden rooms on the eastern side of the vineyard to a subterranean wine cellar adjacent to the dining hall. Linking site and program to the course of the sun, the path embodies metaphors of a lifespan, from birth to burial, from creation to consumption. The crossing of these two cardinal axes defines a conceptual center at a void in the body of the building. It locates entry to the home at mid-level and the dining room on the lower floor, centering the ceremonial spaces of arrival and departure and of communal dining.
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