Images Credit Tom Arban via superkul
superkül sounds like a frivolous name for an architectural firm, but the work of Andre D'Elia and Meg Graham is anything but. Their Laneway House has been everywhere, including TreeHugger and the World's Greenest Homes, But their Fielding Estate Winery is lower key.
Like much of their work, this winery on the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario uses rough and ready materials, and a shed form reminiscent of Ontario vernacular farm buildings. It is designed with simple, old fashioned technologies:
The design introduces several sustainable features: a gravity-fed septic system and filter treatment bed; operable high-performance windows, and a central skylight with operable roof vents allowing daylighting and passive ventilation and cooling. A permeable granular drive and a storm water retention pond reduce surface water run-off.