Kenzo Winery, located in the hilltops of southern Napa Valley in California, is a high end private winery nestled within a larger, 4,000 acre estate. The ecological framework of Napa Valley focuses on maintaining and enhancing the natural beauty of the landscape, while allowing local residents and visitors the ability to enjoy the area and experience the culture of wine-making. Designed by SWA, the winery site, as well as a new entry and entry road, will be used during further expansion of the estate. Based on the ecological and infrastructural needs of the site, the sequence of the visitor experience to the winery and tasting room is central to SWA’s design efforts. The aesthetic of the winery draws from the minimalist inclinations of the Japanese client, while respecting the character of the native environment. SWA’s design transitions seamlessly between road networks, rows of vines clustered throughout the site, and the manicured (gardens) of the main winery building, which ultimately allows for the expansion and preservation of the estate well into the future.
Monet Avenue 2.0 at Victoria Gardens
A decade after completing Victoria Gardens, the owner was looking to refresh the project to keep it relevant for years to come. SWA redesigned a three-block streetscape and plaza along Monet Avenue, a main retail street there. The focus is on the next generation of users, with a shopping environment that highlights the social landscape and blurs the lines betw...
2010 Asian Games Village
SWA collaborated with the Guangzhou Urban Planning Design & Survey Institute on a new urban design concept for the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. Situated between mountains to the North and the Pearl River to the South, Guangzhou has a unique condition, which allows for the use of existing water channels for the framework of a new open space network. By abstr...
Woodbine Master Plan
The project transforms the largest undeveloped tract within Toronto into an iconic and dynamic, fully integrated, transit-oriented mixed-use district. Capitalizing on the racetrack’s legacy and the site’s natural, cultural, and locational assets, the project is designed to become a new heart in Toronto.
The master plan includes a d...
Disney World Master Plan
Special issues in the computer-aided land analysis included depth to watertable, soils and organic mucks, and cypress groves. The analysis summary provided the basis for master planning a mixed-use community with extensive greenway conservation lands, resort development, entertainment facilities, a business park, and a residential community.