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Floating a Wine Wall on Glass (Wine Cellar Case Study)

Glass wine cellar

Here is what we could call inspiration! Glass wine cellar & Floating wineracks is the new trend in modern houses in North America and more and more in Europe.

Any capable glazier can normally build the glass walls of a wine cellar. This is how and what you will place inside that will allow your project to become a work of art…

The trend of boxing beautiful wine cellars in glass to create a “jewel box” for homeowners is at the forefront of interior design today. This insane wine cellar in this Corona Del Mar, Ca., ups the ante by not only cubing the wine wall in glass but also stretching the display through two stories, separated by a glass floor.

Crazy cool wine cellar. Right? Photo by Jeri Koegel

Project: This 700-square-meter home, built by Patterson Custom Homes and designed by Brandon Architects, focuses on airy, contemporary design with each room flowing seamless into the next. The wine feature is a stunning focal point in both the main floor and downstairs wet bar. It stretches more than 6 meter between the two floors using a combination of VintageView Wine Storage Systems stylish wine racks and framing systems. Bottles are displayed on metal and in modern, label forward fashion allowing the homeowners to engage with their precious collection.

Looks just as good down as it does up. Photo by Jeri Koegel

Challenge: Creating a wine cellar that continues the
light-soaked flow of the rest of the home while keeping wine safe presented a
unique set of hurdles, both practically and aesthetically. This meant finding
ways to build a cellar that didn’t block sightlines and kept the wine safe from
harmful UV rays and temperature fluctuations.

Solution: Using three sides of glass ensured that the
beautiful views of the ocean were maintained. A structurally sound glass floor
was installed between the two floors. This allowed for light to pass between
the two stories, effectively brightening the lower floor while tying the two
floors together. Upstairs, the wine wall interacts with the kitchen, dining,
and living rooms. Downstairs, it’s the anchor between a haute three-TV sports
bar and a recreation area.

The selection of wine racking provided the
project with the required aesthetic sensibility, using its innovative
label-forward style to simultaneously allow the bottles to become pieces of art
and storing them functionally. VintageView’s rigid steel framing system
allowed designers to create the desired floating wine wall affect.

For wine safety, a ducted cooling system was added with
venting located on the upstairs portion. The glass floor only extends to a
metal support beam, allowing for air to circulate throughout. With the proper
unit specified and a location that avoids direct sunlight, wine can be kept in
optimal conditions for decades.

Good from all angles. Photo by Jeri Koegel.

Approach: A leader in SoCal contemporary, Brandon
Architects designed this home to stand out in one of the most desirable
locations in the region. Adding every upgrade imaginable — home theater,
gourmet kitchen, wine storage featuring VintageView, infinity pool — the
amenities are effortlessly designed throughout with just about every spot in
the home maintaining beautiful vies of the hilly, oceanside terrain.

Wine Cellar & Additional Details:


  • Racking by VintageView Wine Storage Systems
  • Designed by Brandon Architects
  • Built by Patterson Custom Homes
  • Photos by Jeri Koegel


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