We are nearly finished with drafting the bid documents for our project on El Pomar Road in Templeton, California. Nicole and I merged an orthogonal plan and a curvilinear plan to create a hybrid of the two that has grown into a design that feels fresh and dynamic. The geometry of the house was challenging to work with, and we decided to reinforce the primary entrance and egress with strong rectilinear stepping stones, and weave the house into the greater landscape with gently arcing concrete paths.
The planting will include lavenders, grasses and native shrubs and will be punctuated by grand shade trees and drifts of olives. As you can see in the plan, the linear vineyard planting comes right up to the edges of the house, and we plan to blend the residential garden into the rest of the winery landscape with lush meadows and ornamental grasses.