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Architecture Students Design and Build Idaho Winery of the Year, Monarch Motel's Outdoor Lounge

May 09, 2019

The winery that architecture students in the College of Art and Architecture's Design-Build Program conceptualized and constructed last year was recently named Idaho Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest.

Hat Ranch Winery, just outside Caldwell, features a tasting room with a chandelier and wall, both made of deconstructed wine barrels, along with an outdoor pavilion that connects the winery to its natural environment, designed and built by students. Over six months, 30 students spent 45 days and nights working at the site under the helm of Scott Lawrence, assistant professor of architecture, who forged the relationship with winery owners Tim and Helen Harless.

“As a winemaker, it's hard to give up control with something like that, but they came up with great ideas and a great design,” Tim Harless said. “Financially, it probably would not have been doable for us, and we ended up with something that we love.”

Earlier this month, the Hat Ranch project also won a Student Design Award from the Spokane chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Students also completed the outdoor lounge for Moscow's Monarch Motel, owned by Brett and Nikki Woodland, which consists of a custom-made wall, seating areas and student-fabricated furniture that re-uses wood from an earlier, temporary structure.

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