DRAGON'S HEAD CIDERY
VASHON ISLAND, WASHINGTON
Just south of town on Vashon Island will be the new home for Dragon’s Head Cider. Located on the site of a former nursery, the building is oriented to honor dozens of large deciduous and evergreen trees while leaving room for 61 new apple trees in the remaining pockets of open space.
The cidery is designed in an agrarian shed vernacular with vertical wood siding and a metal roof. Some liberty is taken by adding a second, lower shed roof on the north façade. This smaller roof is tilted up to brighten the covered outdoor fruit delivery area. Its orientation also bounces south light back through clerestory windows reducing the need for artificial lighting in the production area.
The main roof pitches toward the south creating an ideal surface for solar photovoltaic panels. The barrel aging room and tasting area are located at the south end of the building where the façade opens onto a deep lawn lined with an apple orchard on the right and mature trees on the left. Water collected from the roof will be used for landscape irrigation and the remaining surface water will be directed to a bio-swale for slow infiltration.
The wood beamed ceiling, live edge tasting bar and stained concrete floors add architectural warmth while glass overhead doors blur the line between indoor and outdoor spaces. A long harvest table and comfortable furniture are gathered around an outdoor fireplace with views of the orchard and grounds. All of these elements and a glass of world class cider create a welcoming, gathering place for Vashon residents as well as off-island visitors.