Title page for ETD etd-05142012-143213

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Culver, Cameron
URN etd-05142012-143213
Title Vintner's House; A Residence and Vineyard in Davenport, CA
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Chair
Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Member
Green, William R. Committee Member
  • Winery
  • Residence
  • Terrace
  • Coast
  • Ocean
  • Pacific
  • California
  • Vineyard
  • House
Date of Defense 2012-04-26
Availability unrestricted
The Vintner’s House is a Residence and Vineyard nestled between well-known wine regions on the central coast of California. It is a worker’s house; for the cultivator, the grower, and the nurturer of the vines. The vineyard is set on terraces down a hill to give grapes the sunlight and drainage they desire. These south facing terraces allow the vines to receive full sunlight throughout the growing season. Drainage through the vineyard encourages the roots to grow deep into the soil, as a well-established root system will yield a better quality grape. As the terraces wrap around the site, they intersect and flow into the residence. The terraces help to organize and arrange the house as it steps up the hill alongside the vineyard. The house is small and simple, but appears much larger with the adjacent wine facilities. The main living space for the residence is on the lower level with the living room, kitchen, and dining areas all clustered together looking out towards the ocean. Upstairs is the bedroom, which overlooks the two-story living room much like the vineyard terraces overlook each other. The house accepts its role as the vineyard’s accomplice. Without the vineyard, the Vintner’s House would not grow out of the hillside.
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