Wine and Architecture
It all began in 1993 when my brother-in-law asked me to design and build a wine cellar in a basement renovation project. What started out as a simple request has evolved into a major portion of my design/build firm’s work since the first. Now, after designing and building 900+ projects all over the U.S., the evolution of my projects continues to grow.
My area of study was Architectural Design and I graduated from the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY with a five year Bachelor’s of Architecture. Residential design was my area of focus, but soon found out that I loved building projects. Having been exposed to construction management working in my first architectural firm out of college, I found the enjoyment of being hands-on in the field and solving everyday problems. Most designs are far from perfect, but the synthesis of taking what’s drawn and turning it into reality is an art.
Around the same time I was introduced to wine. Being made aware of its many tastes, colors, grape varietals, regions, processes, styles, nuances, I decided to become a follower and student once again. My journey from being an Architect and Wine Lover drove my personal passion to create one project after another, but each time evolving the process through not only design, but also with engineering. One summer job while I was still a junior in high school, took me to a mechanical engineering office where I was taught how to understand the flow of air and the sizing of ductwork to properly distribute air. Never did I think I would ever use this knowledge in the future.
The synthesis of wine storage and how each project relates to the Architecture of not only the room itself, but to the adjacencies to the other spaces drives each design of each project in a very unique direction. The refrigeration for each project is carefully engineered not only for correct size and function, but specifically for how the air will be distributed within the room.
This commentary that will be contained in this Blog will relate to many different problems that pop up on each project, but will also discuss the solutions to those problems. As a dear client and friend of mine would say, “Wine is a journey, not a destination.”