Locally sourced materials reflect the local terroir.
The Fort Berens Winery in Lillooet is nestled in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Lillooet is a small town rich in culture and history and is set amid rugged, awe-inspiring geography.
The building and landscaping were carefully designed through a synergetic process between client and architect. The main design goals prescribed a modern, beautiful and functional building with a welcoming atmosphere, constructed using locally sourced and exposed materials such as Douglas fir, site poured concrete and native vegetation and plants.
The main public space is a 1300 s.f. tasting room which provides stunning views of the valley and surrounding vineyards. Guests observe the massive tanks in the fermentation room through strategically placed windows.
A commitment to sustainability resulted in a compact building footprint that is in part below grade to help control temperature and humidity and reduce energy consumption. The structure is oriented to take advantage of natural light and the west roof features a significant overhang to minimize solar gain.
The building reflects the philosophy of the Fort Berens brand and its connection to the land and provides a beautiful space for both user and guest.
Photography: Steven Evans Designed In Collaboration with David Agro Architect