On our recent trip to Portland, Oregon, we saw beautiful buildings during the AIA Portland Homes Tour, but more specifically we were excited to visit the L'Angolo Estate Winery. Smitten by the floating roof plane, the SZ Team headed down to Newberg, Oregon to get a firsthand look at the L'Angolo Estate Winery's tasting room, designed by Lever Architecture.
Here's an excerpt from their website on this incredible property:
This new family-owned winery is located on 23 acres in Yamhill County. The project goal was to create a tasting room experience that reflects the family’s approach to winemaking—a direct expression of the Oregon soils and climate, without embellishment. Our intent was to reflect this winemaking philosophy with a design that connects to the vineyard experience while also responding to the views and climate of the site, and to Oregon’s emerging identity as a producer of great wine.
Inspired by the broad canopied native Oregon oak trees that populate the valley, two cantilevered roof structures interlock at the point of arrival to the tasting room. The public space opens to the vineyard and valley to the north, south, and east with a structural wood glazing system. Two large sliding doors centered on the tasting room bar bring the vineyard into the space but also serve as a passive cooling system in the summer when used with the upper clerestory windows. The material palette is limited to Douglas fir, exterior cedar siding, and dark anodized aluminum.
We really love Lever Architecture's ability to capture both the Oregonian identity and winemaking culture within the entire building.
The roof's 86 gluelam beams hang from a concealed steel structure and frame the stunning landscape beyond. Brilliant!
We also had a chance to chat with JACOB H. GRAY, hospitality manager of L'Angolo Estate Winery. Here's a snippet of who Jacbo is: "A relentless explorer by nature, Jacob pursues beauty in its many cultural forms—from the pulse of Portland’s best food and wine to the wonder of several stints living abroad. His background in the entertainment industry shines through in the engaging touch he puts on hospitality, with a focus on creating memorable experiences of our estate."
Of course, we had to do a brief video tour of this incredible property, featuring Jacob and Sabine!
After enjoying very tasty wines, we ventured to the Nob Hill Neighborhood to explore the local spirits of Portland. Bull Run Distilling Co. focuses on creating dark, aged spirits by taking rum made with Hawaiian cane sugar and transforming it into many variations of whiskey -- delish.