The challenge was to design a unique and intimate 62–room luxury lodge and spa on a 4.9 acre site in the heart of Napa valley. The intent was to create a cutting edge green design with an atmosphere of warmth and community, inspired by the architecture and wine culture of the area. The project was designed to reflect a blending of the valley’s agrarian character, a refined environment associated with the region’s wines and an indoor/outdoor atmosphere. Sustainable building materials, energy management systems and solar and geothermal energy were incorporated into the design.
Bearing the landowner’s name, Bardessono is built on a family-held residence and garden-scale vineyard redevelopment that had fallen into disease and disrepair. Old growth olive trees which were no longer producing for profit were relocated and installed as part of the landscape, lending a mature aspect to the space and giving further life to trees that would have likely been cut down.
Challenges also included stabilizing the site from further soil erosion as the area averages 24 inches of hard rain a year. Site and drainage planning is engineered so the creek’s integrity will be kept intact with development held to a 35-foot setback from the creek’s high bank line. Native riparian plants create a hospitable environment for wildlife and fish and help minimize soil erosion.