Arizona-based Jones Studio created a sustainable option for one family to store their wine throughout the year. This contextually unique 880 square-foot addition was added to the Thurston House in Paradise Valley, Arizona in order to keep and display the family’s wine collection. Implanted in the topography of the site, the structure is made up of a visually impressive grouping of curved brick walls that create a vault in the ground with enough thermal capacity to make mechanical systems almost unnecessary throughout the year.
Contractor GM Hunt Builders and Jones Studio designed and built a way for the property of the Thurston House to meander seamlessly to the wine house’s roof terrace. The entry to the wine house lies tucked underground at the bottom of a staircase from the terrace. A solitary light illuminates the immense wood door to the wine house and creates a pattern of shadows on the surrounding brick walls.
Once inside, the brick walls disappear behind rows of wine bottle racks and decorative wood cabinets and trims. A small tasting table sits directly in the middle of the oval room, with an imaginative light fixture directly above. The spoke-like beam structure of the ceiling helps to focus the visitor’s eye on the center table.
This underground brick labyrinth displays and enhances the passion that the Thurston’s have for wine in ways that are both enjoyable and sustainable. The addition is both timeless and perfectly suited for a generation of design that can help to return the client to the earth through materiality and space. Principal Architect Eddie Jones, AIA has led the Jones Studio for over 33 years in order to discover unique design solutions for every client, and the Thurston Wine House is no exception.