House of Flowers is not at all what the title suggests. As opposed to a house literally made of flowers, it is an estate of Flowers Vineyard & Winery in Healdsburg, California. Walker Warner Architects designed a beautiful space to for wine tastings here.
This American vineyard is located on the cliffs of the Sonoma coast. Their mission is to make exceptional wine in an artisanal way while minimising the impact on the environment. Walker Warner Architects, an architectural firm based in San Francisco, was commissioned to renovate and expand this old winery. An important aspect of the design was a space for wine tastings, a 'guest experience’ named House of Flowers. A space where one can enjoy wine, good food and the surrounding landscape in peace and quiet. Mike McCabe, Principal for Walker Warner Architects said the following: 'The visitor should feel as though they have arrived at the home of a good friend. Rather than put the focus on the architecture, it is our hope that guests are at ease and their attention is focused on sharing experiences.’
House of Flowers is shaped like a large barn with an interior where the cosy country atmosphere has a modern twist
The architecture firm also attaches importance to sustainability, which is why they opted for a renovation that retains certain aspects of the initial building such as rammed earth walls and wooden finishes. Parts of the existing building were recycled as it were. Walker Warner Architects and Flowers Vineyard & Winery were clearly on the same wavelength, which is why the collaboration turned out to be such a success. The interior of the building is dominated by light-coloured wood and dark steel. Walker Warner Architects opened up the building by placing large windows and a covered pavilion in the garden. House of Flowers is shaped like a large barn with an interior where the cosy country atmosphere has a modern twist. The terrace invites you to sit down, relax and order another glass of wine. Photographer: Douglas Friedman