Dark Horse Estate Winery
William J. Krohn architect in association with VELD architect are working together on the design for Huron County’s first winery! Intended to be among the top 20 wine makers in Ontario. This winery, when complete in 2015, will be open for tastings, on-site purchases, and located right next door to the Huron County Playhouse, near Grand Bend. The winery will also have event hall rental facilities for 300 persons, and smaller space for private gatherings. The Winery has 9000 sq. ft. of production space, and 20 acres of vineyard.
The design concept stems from the Owner’s love of livery stables. Using stone masonry, and reclaimed lumber a central lobby space hints at an old livery, while the modern wings for production, retail & tasting, and event hall spread out from it. Public spaces attempt to capture main views of the vineyard and take advantage of solar lighting, and reduced solar heating.
WJK & VELD are assisting the client through design, permit, and construction stages. As well as minimal assistance with VQA and other authorities approvals.