The Stealth Winery

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August 16, 2010
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  Completed in 1997, the Dominus Estate was the first project built in the United States by Swiss architects Herzog + de Meuron.
    Completed in 1997, the Dominus Estate was the first project built in the United States by Swiss architects Herzog + de Meuron.
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  The exterior walls of the structure are industrial wire cages filled with locally sourced basalt.
    The exterior walls of the structure are industrial wire cages filled with locally sourced basalt.
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  A close-up view of the wire cages, which are called gabions.
    A close-up view of the wire cages, which are called gabions.
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  Upon entering the winery, visitors are met with a minimalist hall and an unobstructed route through the structure.
    Upon entering the winery, visitors are met with a minimalist hall and an unobstructed route through the structure.
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  Herzog + de Meuron used a variety of industrial materials throughout the structure. After ascending the stairwell to the second level, one is met by a Brutalist concrete floors, a wire-mesh ceiling, floor-to ceiling glass used for interior walls, and sunlight shining through the gabions. A varnished wood handrail contrasts the metals, stone, and glass, adding warmth to the otherwise cool setting.
    Herzog + de Meuron used a variety of industrial materials throughout the structure. After ascending the stairwell to the second level, one is met by a Brutalist concrete floors, a wire-mesh ceiling, floor-to ceiling glass used for interior walls, and sunlight shining through the gabions. A varnished wood handrail contrasts the metals, stone, and glass, adding warmth to the otherwise cool setting.
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  Sunlight shines through the gabions, peppering the interior with natural ornamentation.
    Sunlight shines through the gabions, peppering the interior with natural ornamentation.
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  Reflective floor-to-ceiling glass is used for the interior walls, allowing the vineyards to constantly be in view.
    Reflective floor-to-ceiling glass is used for the interior walls, allowing the vineyards to constantly be in view.
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  The rear facade of the winery.
    The rear facade of the winery.
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