ÉRITAGE BED & BREAKFAST
WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON
How do we define the heritage of a special piece of land? We could reach back 15 million years to when erupting volcanos left behind a basalt layer that covers much of our State, or 15 thousand years when the great floods left behind erratic stones and silty top soil from Montana. We could consider the wind-driven Palouse soils that formed the soft rolling hills supporting bunch grass and wild rye until the first wheat was planted 200 years ago. Today there are vineyards - planted by this generation - covering the undulating contours, bearing fruit that will become some of the best wine in the world.
The architecture of a new structure to be built on this land is seeking harmony with the Palouse. Its wind swept arching roofs, tall wood columns, basalt detailing and stands of grasses are sited at the edge of a beautiful pond.
This timeless iconic structure surrounded with rolling vineyards, is a new inn named Éritage.
The site and building have been designed using the five elements of Feng Shui.
Wood: An exposed wood structure and ceiling support large areas of glass for abundant daylight and natural ventilation to bring fresh Chi into the spaces.
Metal: The wood structure is held together with metal connections and together they support a metal roof.
Earth and Water: The large window walls allow spaces to be directly connected both visually and actually to the earth (gardens) and water (pond).
Fire: At the heart of the building is a large fireplace. There is a second fire pit located at the end of the club room garden.
There are no sharp angles, rather the two main elements of the building are organized around an open, 120 degree angle like arms spread open welcoming the outdoors inside.
Individual spaces have been designed using principles of Feng Shui.
Main entries are designed to keep energy in the spaces.
The interior of nearly every space is filled with daylight (our number one nutrient) and natural ventilation to support the positive flow of energy and better connect one with positive Chi on the exterior of the building.
Suites are designed to align entry doors with walls and have rounded furniture pieces to keep the energy in the rooms. Each suite also has access to earth, wood, fire, water and metal elements. Soft soothing colors and design elements with natural ventilation, white fixtures and tile, jars of bath salts beside the tub, dimmable lighting and a latchable door help the bathroom, a space known for draining energy, be the best it can be. The bedroom has large operable doors and windows for daylight and natural ventilation, a fire place, and a range of warm skin-toned colors. The bed is centered on the fire place and occupants in the bed can see both entries into the room and not into the bathroom. The bed is balanced with two night stands and backed by a wood/upholstered headboard. To supplement the daylight when the sun is down we will have lighting from multiple sources; indirect, table lamps and wall lights to achieve different levels of lighting in each room.