Alexa Schloh, Architect
In downtown Santa Barbara, the industrially zoned area between Highway 101 and the beach has become home to many urban tasting rooms and restaurants. Most structures here are large and barn-like, formerly used for storage or shipping in times when goods arrived by freight train. When one of these buildings became available, David Potter, owner and winemaker of Municipal Winemakers, saw a fantastic opportunity for an expanded tasting room. 22 Anacapa St., with its streetside patio and loading dock with huge sliding wall panels, expanded his square footage 6 times over from the previous tasting room.
With a successful style and image already in place for the brand, planning the space, facilitating circulation, and maintaining flexibility for different kinds of wine and food related events needed design solutions. The first step in our collaborative remodel was to strip away everything that was hiding the bones and magnificent volume of the building.
Out went the old drywall, dropped acoustic ceilings, linoleum floor, fluorescent strip lighting. Beautiful concrete floors were exposed. The ceiling went from 8 feet to 20 in height, and the bland acoustic panels were removed to expose steel beams and corrugated metal ceiling. David mined diverse and unusual sources and carefully selected furnishings and fixtures with meaning. The pendant lights, for example, are loudspeakers (circa 1960s) used in Santa Barbara’s “Old Spanish Days” festival. The bar is made of up redwood beams salvaged from a nearby building. The eclectic mix of furnishings and materials serve as a backdrop for wine tasting, the occasional art opening, private party, or pop-up dinner.
Design Details: Interior Remodel, Boutique Commercial, Industrial, Client Collaboration, Reclaimed Materials, Repurposed Materials, Concrete Floors, Steel Beams, Corrugated Metal, Art Display