Design Award of Merit
Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food, and Arts,
Peter Walker & Partners,
Client: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts
Elegant, simple, and bold forms capture essence of the viticultural
landscape of California. . . The long pool and patio are beautiful.
Professional Awards Jury Comments
This project lies in an oxbow of the Napa River and is edged on
three sides by water year round. The main entry walk is an 825-foot
gravel path lined with tall poplars and paved in golden decomposed
granite. A stepped linear reflecting pond gestures to the museum's
entrance. The formal entrance path divides the garden from the parking
areas, which are planted with varietal grapevines and native grasses.
The display gardens lie on both sides of First Street, with an outdoor
amphitheater and several dining terraces adjacent to the demonstration
restaurants. Framed by stone walls and divided into smaller plots
by grass pathways, the gardens can be viewed from a grid of gravel
paths. Extensive outdoor cooking facilities in the lower garden
can be used for festival and ceremonial meals.