NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY
SOUTH SEATTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Boxwood’s design concept to convert an existing machine shop into the Northwest Wine Academy maximizes teaching spaces by making most of the rooms multi-purpose. In addition to two full time classrooms, the teaching lab classroom doubles as the working lab for the winery, the fermentation room with enough space to work the tanks, provides forklift access to much needed mezzanine storage area and also serves as a classroom with the addition of roll away bleachers and a white board. The kitchen where food is prepared for wine dinners and tastings is also a demonstration kitchen where up to 30 students learn the art of pairing wine with food – the single largest trend in new wineries today. The tasting room and retail store with the addition of an outdoor patio can become an entertainment venue for college fundraisers for up to 300 people and be converted easily to a classroom or study hall for up to 45 students.
The exterior of the building remained largely intact with the exception of the notch cut into the southwest corner to make way for a canopy supported by two red columns to signal entry. The metal siding was painted the color of grapes before harvest and rainwater from the roof drops into a rain garden.