Theorem Winery, California by Richard Beard Architects

providing a carefully orchestrated guest experience

Project Specs

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Theorem Winery is located west of downtown Calistoga, California, within the Diamond Mountain appellation in Napa Valley. Eschewing the ubiquitous large winery venues focused on handling hundreds of guests at one time, Theorem is designed as an intimate, bespoke experience where hospitality reigns supreme.

▼项目远眺,view in distance © Paul Dyer

这座占地约24万平方米的综合建筑群起源于19世纪后期,最初由贝弗利科尔(后来加利福尼亚大学/旧金山医疗系统的创始人)建造,是逃离旧金山城市迷雾的人们所热爱的乡村度假胜地。建筑群包含一座小校舍和一座独特的希腊复兴风格小屋——科尔之家。在为新酿酒厂制定总体规划时,Richard Beard首先对这里进行了复原改造。酿酒厂的设计对修复后的历史建筑进行了再次补充,其设计灵感来源于场地周边现有的乡土农业建筑。酿酒厂建筑群采用深色材料,在视觉上与周边景观保持协调,融入了北面圣赫勒拿山和南面葡萄园的景色之中。

The 60-acre complex features a cluster of late-19th century structures originally built by Beverley Cole as a country retreat to escape the fog of San Francisco (Cole is noted for establishing what would become the University of California/San Francisco Medical System). The property includes a small schoolhouse and a distinguished Greek revival cottage known as the Cole House, which was restored and remodeled by Richard Beard prior to master planning the property for the new winery. The winery is designed to complement the restored historic structures, taking inspiration from the vernacular agricultural buildings found on site and in the region. Clad in dark-toned materials to visually recede into the surrounding landscape, the complex takes second seat to views of Mount St. Helena to the north and vineyards to the south.

▼山谷中的建筑群,complex in the valley © Paul Dyer

▼建筑群概览,overview of the complex © Paul Dyer


Modest in scale, the 8,977-square-foot venue is coupled with a carefully orchestrated guest experience, which begins as guests pass through an exterior arbor/trellis. Daylight, and its manipulation, becomes an important element in stripping away the world beyond and enabling guests to become fully emerged in the wine experience. The trellis and welcome/reception area serve as the first step in lowering light levels to allow visitors’ retinas to adjust. From there, guests walk down a mirror-lined staircase to the darker subterranean barrel room where the tasting journey begins. Exposed, vertically oriented, board-formed concrete walls wrap the space: its raw, unfinished nature recalling the nascent wine resting in adjacent barrels. The area is marked by a simple table and a pair of bronze wings affixed to the wall; the wings serving as a popular photo/social media location. Next, guests are escorted to any number of tasting sites within the complex: in front of the schoolhouse, at the lookout point, under the barn trellis, or in the fermentation room.

▼延展的凉亭与格架,the stretching exterior arbor/trellis © Paul Dyer

▼酿酒厂建筑群以深色材料打造,clad in dark-toned materials© Paul Dyer

▼建筑立面,the facade © Paul Dyer

▼房屋适应地形,house following the terrain © Paul Dyer


The two-story building, featuring dark roofing and siding, is a steel structure with a cross-axis floor plan. Axial vistas allow for views from and through the winery facility. Large, solid oak sliding barn doors provide full closure when desired. Steel-framed glass doors and windows fill the interior spaces with natural light, reducing the need for supplemental lighting in the fermentation room and visually connecting interior spaces to the natural surroundings. The roof of the primary fermentation room features a continuous monitor to provide ample daylight into the structure.

▼钢结构酿酒建筑,brew building with steel structure © Paul Dyer

▼尽端的钢框玻璃门窗,steel-framed glass doors and windows at the end of the room © Paul Dyer

▼实心橡木制成的大型滑动门,large, solid oak sliding barn doors © Paul Dyer


Below-ground barrel storage provides improved, at-grade access for wine production and a cool, consistent temperature in which to mature wine. Additional areas include the crush pad, various storage rooms, a full restroom, and a laboratory/office. Production capacity is 8,412 cases. Tasting and tours are by appointment only and limited to just a few people at a time.

stairs with mirrors leading to the below-ground barrel storage © Paul Dyer

▼酒桶排列整齐,方便可达,providing improved, at-grade access for wine production © Paul Dyer

▼热门打卡点,the popular photo/social media location © Paul Dyer

▼品酒室,the tasting room © Paul Dyer

▼家具的材质搭配,different materials of the furnitures © Paul Dyer

▼庭院视角,view from the courtyard © Paul Dyer


With wine and landscape taking center stage, Theorem Winery provides an intimate and nuanced experience that is simultaneously familiar and timeless.

▼夜景,night view © Paul Dyer

▼轴线视角,view along the axis © Paul Dyer

Richard Beard Architects project team
Richard Beard, Principal
Katherine Schwertner, Project Manager
Bruno Lopez-Moncada, Project Architect
Project team:
Richard Beard Architects (architecture and site master planning)
Nicholas Vincent Design (interior design)
Finley Construction (contractor)
Applied Civil Engineering (civil engineer)
Blasen Landscape Architecture (landscape architecture)
ZFA Structural Engineers (structural engineer)
TEP Engineers (mechanical and plumbing Engineers)
Refrigeration Technology Inc (refrigeration engineer)
Hiram Banks Lighting Design (lighting engineer)
Photography by Paul Dyer

Soule Building Systems (prefabricated steel structure)
Milgard Ultra Series (fiberglass windows)
Crown Industrial (fabricator for custom oak sliding doors and all exterior metal doors)
Heath Ceramics (bathroom tiles)
Vibia (production room chandelier)
John Pomp (custom Tasting Room chandelier made of Jules glass)
FSB (door hardware)
Reclaimed walnut (custom shelving made with walnut from the site)
Reception desk (custom-designed bar with painted white oak, leather panels, and Calacatta stone top)
Chandelier (hand-cast, sculpted glass crystal chandelier on blackened steel frame)
Bar stools (custom, bleached Walnut and Bronze adjustable bar stools with leather seats)
Cabinet (Viennese Secessionist Cabinet with Brass hardware and inlays, circa 1900)
Shelves (custom copper floating shelves)

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