A closer look at Hill Country Wine Cave, one of five finalists in each of the 2021 GRAY Awards Residential Architecture and Residential Interior Design categories.
Hill Country Wine Cave
Located at the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country, this wine cave is a stealth destination along a secluded river bend, within a short stroll from ranch amenities. The project was designed by architecture firm Clayton Korte in an existing, excavated cave protected by tall trees and nearly disappearing into native landscape. With dimensional constraints already established, the challenge was to safely design a wine cellar and lounge, recognizing that the existing cave was neither water-tight nor necessarily designed for this intent.
The solution came in two different forms. The first was to insert a human-scaled wooden module into the volume of the excavation, being sure not to physically interact with the cave wall. The second was to provide a bulkhead that effectively restrained the loose limestone at the cave mouth and provided a predictable surface to wed the wooden insert. By carefully manipulating the solids and voids of a “wooden-box” insert, the cave could be concealed and revealed to the occupant, leveraging the good qualities of subterranean construction while protecting from unwanted moisture and darkness.
Brian Korte FAIA | Principal
Camden Greenlee AIA | Architect, Design Lead
Josh Nieves, Assoc. AIA | Project Manager
Monday Builders: General Contractor
SSG Structural Engineers: Structural Engineer
Positive Energy: Mechanical Engineer
Studio Lumina: Lighting Designer
Intelligent Engineering: Civil Engineer
Interiors: Clayton Korte
Landscape: Clayton Korte
Photography: Casey Dunn
Date of Completion: August 2019
Additional Architecture, Residential finalists:
Mar Vista Residence
Portage Bay Float Home
Additional Interior Design, Residential finalists:
Old Las Palmas
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