Winery’s Showcases ‘Modern Barn Concept’ with Lighting Design

April 29, 2022

Innovative lighting aligns with winery’s aesthetics and rigorous standards.

CHALLENGE: When Silver Oak’s Alexander Valley Winery decided to conduct their state-of-the-art wine making in a modern, yet sustainable, facility that featured reclaimed materials, targeting LEED Platinum was a top objective. In addition, Piechota Architecture and the lighting design team at EJA Lighting Design were tasked with several other design goals: showcasing the natural beauty of the “modern barn concept” architecture, creating a welcoming space for tasting and hospitality, highlighting retail locales, building systems to illuminate offices and production facilities, plus subtly lighting a trail through the vineyards for nighttime tours and melding the interior space with the surrounding landscape.

INFLUENCE: With a net-positive water and energy rating, Silver Oak Winery was designed specifically to “give more than it takes” from the environment. The unique challenge was to design cutting-edge lighting systems which align with the winery’s rigorous environmental standards, yet still meet the multi-functional and aesthetic needs of the various spaces.SOLUTION: The design for this project demonstrated a well-conceived system of sensor, time-based and touch-screen controls to manage lighting for various activities in workspaces, hospitality and for touring through the night landscape. The facility-wide BACnet control system integration provides real-time analysis of energy use and allows for continuous improvement. The design team created an exquisite ambiance, while honoring the dark sky, and still achieved a net-positive energy rating overall.

In terms of luminaires, EJA Lighting Design used No. 8 Lighting’s 800 Series in the soaring wood ceilings. The wood ceiling trims are unique and patented as they have rare earth magnets that snap into place for a tight seamless fit in wood ceilings. The 800 Series, a recessed LED downlight, offers an array of field interchangeable lamp module options, lumen packages, optic, driver and trim options. The universal design accepts adjustable, fixed, wall wash and mirror reflector lamp modules. All 800 Series housings are IC-Rated, airtight, and CCEA approved, and can be installed in direct contact with standard or spray-foam insulation.

The high efficacy of these recessed downlights exceeds the JA8/Title 24 California energy code requirements, and one of the most important “green” elements of the 800 series is its future-proof technology, allowing for retrofit to new and improved technologies.

This project was the winner of the 2019 SF Lux Awards Award of Distinction-First Place and the Award of Merit for Energy & Environmental Design. Enhanced by innovative lighting features and techniques, designed to be architecturally respectful, energy efficient, but above all, exquisitely luminous, it’s also the first SF Lux award winner to be a net-positive project. This is the first production winery to be awarded LEED Platinum certification for Building Design and Construction.

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Project Specs: Silver Oak Alexander Valley Winery, Healdsburg, Calif. // Architecture: Piechota Architecture //  Lighting Designer: EJA Lighting Design // Photography: Patrik Argast // Lighting: No. 8 Lighting // Downlights: 800 Series