American Society of Landscape Architects

  2004 ASLA Professional Awards

Design Award of Merit

Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food, and Arts, Napa, CA
Peter Walker & Partners, Berkeley, CA
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.
           2004 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.


Overview plan of Copia on the oxbow of the Napa River in downtown Napa with First Street dissecting the center and gardens. The plan of the garden reflects the spirit of the kitchen gardens of France while being grounded in the rich Napa soil, wine, and the pleasure of being outdoors. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)

Visitors reflecting at the 250-foot long, diagonal running pool and exhibition gardens that are screened from the parking areas by a formal alee of mature, tall poplars. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)

View of visitors examining the stepped, linear pool and gardens from a viewing spot that leads up to the museum's main entrance. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)

The stepped pool cascades water continuously between the center's divided areas. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)

The 825-foot long main entry path paved with golden decomposed granite alongside the running pool. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)

The pool as observed by visitors along the main path. Also, the pool separates the center from the parking areas which are planted with native grasses and varietal grapevines. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)

A field full of lavender varietals adds an accent of color with varying heights that reflect the gentle Napa Valley winds. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)

An overview of the varying gardens from the second story of the museum with the dramatic square beds of fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plantings. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)

The front entrance of the museum with lush gardens and Napa stone on its exterior walls. The center also boasts an outdoor amphitheater and several dining terraces along with the demonstration restaurants. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)

One of the many outdoor eating areas within a grove of mature olive trees at dusk. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)
A view from within the garden of the museum. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)
A second-story view of the gardens, each uniquely planted and maintained by local landscape architects using native plants. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)

A different view of the museum, which also houses facilities for teaching, festivals, and ceremonies. The whole site was designed to provide hands-on learning about soils, farming, and viticulture. The center also enables staff, students, and guests to work with a myriad of fresh produce, herbs, and botanicals. (Photo: Tim Wight-Peter Walker & Partners)

Awards Press Release |  Awards Home