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Mark McKenna
July 6, 2012 | Mark McKenna

Building With Purpose

They say that form follows function, but, sometimes the two intersect to complement each other. The style of our building has received lots of commentary and some pretty fun press attention. However, the original goal of the building was not to do something simply shocking, but simply to build a structure that could make great wine, afford a comfortable setting for enjoying it, and do it all in the greenest approach possible. Cleanliness is the name of the game in winemaking and metal, more than any other common building material, is easier to clean and keep clean. One legendary California producer recently had to spend two years and untold millions replacing all the wood in their cellar because it had become infected with TCA (the compound that causes corked wine!). No danger of that here. And building the building was faster and came with fewer environmental repercussions than building with stone or wood. Practicality and craft need not be at odds with each other. Sometimes, in fact, they can serve to make each other even better!


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